Squatarola helvetica, Lin.
844. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 635 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 11; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 425 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 224.
THE GREY PLOVER.
Length, 12; wing, 8; tail, 3.25; tarsus, 2; bill at front, 1.25.
Bill black ; irides dusky-brown; feet blackish-grey.
In winter plumage, forehead and chin white ; streak over the eyes, forepart of the neck, sides of the breast and flanks, white, variegated with spots of brown and ash color ; head and all the upper parts of the body dusky-brown, the feathers edged and tipped with greyish-white; belly, abdomen, thighs and upper tail-coverts, pure white; beneath the wing some long black feathers arising from the axillae ; tail white, towards the tip reddish, with transverse brown bars which become paler and less numerous on the lateral feathers.
In summer plumage the forehead, lores, throat, and whole lower surface become deep black, edged white on the forehead and sides of the neck, and the upper plumage is brown, more or less barred with black and white.
The young birds differ from the winter plumage only in having the spots on the breast and flanks larger and paler, and the upper parts greyish with white spots.
The Grey Plover is a cold weather visitant all along the sea-coast, and is particularly abundant about the Kurrachee Harbour.