Charadrius fulvus, Gm.
845. :- ft longipes, Tem. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 636; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 11 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 425 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 224; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 132.
THE ASIATIC GOLDEN PLOVER.
Length, 10; expanse, 20 ; wings, 6.75 ; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 1.75; bill at front, 0.85.
Bill black ; irides deep brown; legs and feet dark plumbeous.
In winter plumage the general color above is dull blackish-grey, the edges of all the feathers with triangular spots of gamboge-yellow; the primaries blackish; tail feathers banded whitish and dull black ; the chin white, front of neck and breast white,' tinged with dusky and spotted with dull yellow; the rest of the lower plumage dull whitish ; the flanks somewhat spotted with ashy and yellowish.
In summer plumage the upper plumage becomes darker, the ground color being somewhat deeper, and the yellow spots diminished in extent; the forehead is white; the cheeks, throat, neck, and middle of breast and abdomen, deep black, edged with white on the sides of the neck, breast and flanks of the abdo¬men ; lower tail-coverts white; primaries black, the stem of the first white towards the tip, and the secondaries tipped with white, as are the median-coverts; tail brown, banded with black; bill and feet deeper black than in winter.
The young have the colors somewhat as in winter plumage, but the yellow spots above are less marked, the breast is more dusky-grey, and they do not become so black the first summer as they subsequently do.
The Eastern Golden Plover is a cold weather visitant to most portions of the region, but occurs much more commonly in some places than in others.