139. Charadrius fulvus.
THE EASTERN GOLDEN PLOVER.
Fulvus=tawny. Chota battan, India.
Male 9" to 10". female 9 1/2". Legs plumbeous green. Bill black.— In winter: Above dull grey, with triangular spots. Breast white, spotted yellow. Primaries black. Axillaries smoky grey.— In summer: Above darker, and spots smaller. Beneath deep black, edged white. Reigns in the Nearctic region. Breeds in E. Siberia, and has a wide range in Asia and Australia, but it rarely reaches Europe. Visits India between September and May. Said to breed in India. Four pyriform eggs (1.9 x 1.3), buff, blotched brown. (B. 1439.)