Totanus fuscus, Lin.
896. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 702 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 18 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 255 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 134.
THE SPOTTED RED SHANKS.
Lengthy 13 ; expanse, 22.5 ; wing, 6.75 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 2.8 ; bill at front, 2.4.
Bill blackish, orange at base beneath; irides brown; legs orange-red.
In winter plumage, the crown, nape, and back ashy-grey, with fine dusky streaks; a blackish patch between the bill and the eyes, and a white streak above ; cheeks and neck variegated white and ashy ; wing-coverts and scapulars grey, edged with white ; rump pure white ; central tail-feathers uniform ash-grey, narrowly edged with white ; rump pure white ; outer tail-feathers with white and brown bars ; throat, breast, abdomen, and under tail-coverts pure white.
In summer, the head, neck and under parts become dusky or blackish-grey, and the vent and lower tail-coverts are barred white and brown.
During the cold season the Spotted Bed Shanks is common in Sind, occurs sparingly in Guzerat and Rajputana, but has not been recorded from any part of the Deccan.