(2136) Numenius phaeopus variegatus.
THE EASTERN WHIMBREL.
Tantalus variegatus Scop., Del Flor. et Faun., Insubr.. fasc. ii, p, 92 (1786) (Luzon). Numenius phaeopus. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 253 (part.).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the preceding bird in being much darker with more brown and less white ; the lower back, rump and upper tail-coverts are much more heavily barred with brown and the striations on the lower plumage heavier : the flanks and under tail-coverts are broadly barred with dark brown as well as streaked; axillaries and under wing-coverts white profusely barred with dark brown.
Colours of soft parts as in the Whimbrel.
Measurements. Wing, 231 to 239 mm., 227 to 239 mm.; tail 89 to 100 mm.; tarsus 60 to 64 mm.; culmen, 77 to 84 mm., 83 to 90 mm.
Distribution. Breeding East Siberia, migrating South in Winter to China, the islands from the Celebes to Sumatra, Indo-Chinese countries and Malay States, and casual in Burma. On the East it is found as far as New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania.
Nidification. Nothing recorded but eggs taken by Smirnoff on the Yenesei and which probably were of this race are indistinguishable from those of the typical form. They were taken on the open tundras in June.
Habits. Those of the species. This is a common Winter visitor to the Indo-Chinese countries and I saw one which had been shot in Haflang, North Cachar, in 1899 and others in the same province, Assam, in 1900 which would not allow me within shot.