Limosa Brisson, Ornith., i, p. 48, v, p. 261 (1760).
Type by taut., Scolopax limosa Linn.
In this genus the bill is long and straight; both mandibles are grooved, the linear nostrils being placed near the base of the bill in the upper groove; the tarsus is moderate in length, partly shielded both in front and behind, the hind toe is well developed and there is a web between the outer and middle toes but only a rudiment of one between the middle and inner toe; the middle toe is dilated and sometimes pectinate on the outer side; the wing is long and pointed with the first * primary longest, the tail is rather short and almost even.
The genus is cosmopolitan and two species visit India in the cold weather.
Key to Species.
A. Base of tail white, terminal half black.. L. limosa, p. 205.
B. Tail barred black and white over the whole of the outer rectrices and most of the central......................L. lapponica, p. 208.