Pluvialis Schaeffer, Mus. Ornith., p. 45 (1789).
Type, Charadrius apricarius Linn.
Superficially very like the genus Squatarola, without a hind toe. In this genus the bill is slender and short, with the dertrum but slightly swollen; the nostrils are linear and are placed in a groove which extends about two-thirds the length of the upper mandible; the wings are pointed, the first primary longest, the outer secondaries short and the inner long and pointed; tail short and rounded; tarsi reticulated all round with hexagonal scales; outer and middle toes connected by a short web at their bases; the sexes are alike and there is a distinct breeding plumage.
Key to Species.
A. Axillaries pure white ………………P. apricarius, p. 176.
B. Axillaries greyish-brown………………P. dominicus, p. 178.