Charadrius = xapaoplos in classical Greek, a bird dwelling in clefts or river-valleys, The sight of it was held to be a cure for jaundice.
Nasal groove extends about two-thirds length of bill. First quill longest.
Secondaries short. Tertiaries lengthened and pointed. Tail rounded. No hind toe. Plumage brown, spotted yellow. Tarsus reticulated throughout. Outer and mid toe nearly half-webbed.