Himantopus candidus, Bona.
898. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 704 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 18 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 430; H. intermedins, Blyth. ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 258 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India;. Ibis, 1885, p. 134.
Length, 14.5 to 15.5; expanse, 26 to 30; wing, 8.5 to 9 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 4.5 to 5.5 ; bill at front, 2.75.
Bill black, reddish at base ; irides blood-red ; feet lake-red. Back of the head black or dusky, more or less mixed with whitish, in some nearly all white, in others with only the nape black ; back and sides of neck grey ; interscapulars and wings glossy green-black; tail pale ash-grey; rest of the plumage, including the back and rump, pure white, sometimes tinged with rosy on the breast.
The Stilt or Long-legs is common throughout the whole region, but only occurs during the cold weather in Guzerat and the Deccan. In Sind it appears to be a permanent resident, breeding freely in the Narra District during June. The eggs, four in number, are deposited on- the bare ground; they are oval in shape, pinched in at one end; the ground- color varies from olive-brown to greenish stone, and the markings consist of spots, streaks, and blotches of black, blackish-brown and rich umber-brown. They measure 1.64 inches in length by about 1.21 in breadth.