Numenius lineatus, Cab.
877. :- N. arquata, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 683 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 16 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 429; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 247 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 134.
Length, 21 to 26 ; expanse, 34 to 38 ; wing, 11.0 to 12.25 ; tail, 4.5 ; tarsus, 3.25 ; bill at front, 4.0 to 6.25.
Bill dusky-brown, beneath fleshy; irides dark-brown; legs and feet pale bluish-grey.
Head, neck, and breast, pale ashy, tinged with rufous, the shafts and middle of the feathers dusky; upper back and scapulars blackish-brown, the feathers broadly edged with rufous-brown ; lower back white, with dusky spots ; tail yellowish-white, with transverse brown bars ; abdomen white, with dusky spots.
The Curlew is a not uncommon cold weather visitant to suitable localities throughout the region ; it is much more common on the sea-coast than it is inland, where it only affects the larger jheels.