Numenius phaeopus, Lin.
878. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 684 ; Butler, Guzerat Stray Feathers, Vol, IV, p. 16 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 429; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 247.
Length, 16 to 18; expanse, 29; wing, 9.5 to 10; tail, 3.75 ; bill at front, 3.0 to 3.5.
Bill dusky, reddish at base; irides brown; legs dark bluish-grey.
Forehead and crown cinereous-brown, the latter divided by a longitudinal pale streak ; over each eye a broad streak of white mixed with brown ; sides of the head, neck, and breast, pale-ashy with brown streaks ; upper back, scapulars, and wing-coverts deep brown, the feathers with pale edgings ; lower back white : rump white, barred with ashy-brown; tail cinereous brown with dark oblique bars; abdomen and under tail-coverts white, the flanks barred with brown.
The Whimbrel is common all along the sea-coast during the cold season; it is much more rare inland.