PHALAROPES or LOBEFOOTS.
Phalaropus, from =a, Coot, in classical Greek, which is from = having a patch of white (on its forehead); = a foot.
Feet lobed and partly webbed, the web between third and fourth toes extending to first joint. Tarsus scutellated in front and with small reticulated fringe behind. Remiges twenty-five. In other respects agrees with Tringa. Modified Sandpipers, but unlike those birds, they are found swimming in the sea. Inhabit north regions. Appearance in India occasional and accidental. Of dense plumage. Said to swim and dive well. Yarrell classes them with Coots. Males alone incubate, females forsaking nest and leading a wandering life. Males inferior in size to the females.
(i.) Bill thin and pointed.