1036. Pluvianus Aegyptius

1036. BLACK-HEADED PLOVER.
PLUVIANUS AEGYPTIUS.
Pluvianus oegyptius (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 254 (1766) ; Gould, B. of As. vii. pl. 62 ; Dresser, vii. p. 521, pl. 527 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 32 ; Pl. melanocephalus (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 692 (1788).
Ter-el-temsach, Arab.
Male ad. (Egypt). Crown, sides of head, hind neck, back, and a band passing round and meeting on the breast purplish black ; a band all round the crown, rump, and under parts white ; lesser and median wing-coverts, scapulars, upper tail-coverts, and tail dark blue-grey, the tail tipped with white ; all but the middle feathers with a subterminal black band ; abdo¬men, throat, and under tail-coverts washed with creamy rufescent ; bill blackish ; legs blue-grey ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.9, wing 5.5, tail 2.65, tarsus 1.38. Sexes alike.
Hab. Africa north to the Mediterranean, south to Angola on the west coast, and Nubia, the Blue and White Nile on the east side ; Algeria ; of rare or doubtful occurrence north of the Mediterranean, except in Palestine, where it has been obtained in the Jordan valley ; is said to have once occurred in Sweden.
The present species, which is said to be the Trochilos of Herodotus, frequents sand-banks and the banks of rivers, and is extremely tame and confiding. During the breeding season it is noisy, its cry resembling the syllables ting-ting-ting-ting and tschi-tschi-tschi-tschi. Its food consists of worms, insects, and larvae. It does not make any regular nest, but deposits its 2 eggs in a depression in the sand. These are not unlike those of the Cream-coloured Courser, are without gloss, somewhat coarse in grain, brownish ochreous in ground-colour, closely marked with ashy grey, yellowish brown, and reddish brown blotches and dots, and measure about 1.25 by 0.95.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1036. Pluvianus Aegyptius
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1036
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
744
Common name: 
Black Headed Plover
M_ID: 
4134
M_CN: 
Egyptian Plover
M_SN: 
Pluvianus aegyptius
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10046

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