160. Limosa belgica.
THE BLACK-TAILED GODWIT.
The Linnean form of , a bird mentioned by Aristotle; from =a goat, and =the head.
Goodera, Gairiya, N. W. T.; Malgujha, Nepal; Jaurali, Bengal; Susling, Sind; Tonda ulanka (Telugu).
Male 16" to 18"; 8 to 12 oz. Female 18" to 21"; 9 to 15 oz. Legs dusky. Bill 3 1/2" to 5", fleshy.— In winter: Above ash-brown. Short supercilia and spot under each eye white. Below grey-white. Tail, basal one-third white, terminal two-thirds black.— In summer: Back black, tipped rufous. Breast rufous. Abdomen white. Migratory, breeding in Europe and Asia, and wintering in S. Europe, N. Africa, S. Asia, Malay Archipelago, and Australia. Common in N. India from October to March. Eggs (2.1 x 1.5) olive, spotted brown. (J. 875. B. 1456.) See illustration, p. 169.