(2164) Limicola falcinellus sibirica.
THE EASTERN BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER.
Limicola sibirica Dresser, P. Z. S., 1876, p. 674 (China). Tringa platyrhyncha. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 279 (part.).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. - Breeding plumage. Similar to the preceding race but with the upper parts much more rufous, each feather being boldly spotted and streaked with bright rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in the typical race.
Measurements. Almost exactly as in the preceding bird. Wing 100 to 111 mm.: culmen 28 to 38 mm.
In Winter plumage indistinguishable from the Common Broad-billed Sandpiper.
Distribution. Eastern Siberia from about Lake Baikal to the extreme East. Exact breeding area unknown. In Winter it migrates to Japan. China, the Malay Archipelago, Indo-Chinese countries, Burma, Malay States, Assam, Eastern Bengal to Ceylon. East to Australia.
Habits. Very little recorded but apparently much the same as those of its Western relative.