Charadrius pluvialis, Lin.
845bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 225.
THE EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
Length, 10.5 to 11.5; wing, 7.5. Bill black ; irides deep brown.
Forehead yellowish-white, streaked and spotted with pale brown and grey; head on the sides greyish-brown; the crown, back of neck and nape, greyish-brown with purple reflections and yellow angular spots on the edges and tips of the feathers ; chin and throat whitish; breast dusky greyish-white, tinged yellow, and spotted with darker grey; axillary plumes white; greater and lesser wing-coverts greyish-black, the spots paler and the feathers of the greater-coverts tipped with white ; the tail is deep brown, and barred obliquely with yellowish or yellowish-white ; upper tail-coverts like the back.
Pluvialis is at once distinguished by its pure white axillary plumes, which in fulvus are brownish or smoke-grey.
The European Golden Plover has been recorded from Sind; but it is a very rare cold weather visitant.