1467. Totanus guttifer

1467. Totanus guttifer.

Armstrong's Sandpiper.

Totanus guttifer, Nordman in Ermans Reise u. d. Erde, Naturh, Atlas, p. 17 (1835) ; Seebohm, Charadr. p. 354. Totanus haughtoni, Armstrong, S. F. iv, p. 344 (1876) ; Hume, ibid. p. 344 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 463; Hurting, Ibis, 1853, p. 133, pl. iv ; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 406. Pseudototanus haughtoni, Hume, S. F. vii, p. 488; id. Cat. no. 894 bis ; Hume & Marsh. Game B. iii, p. 403, pl. Pseudoglottis guttifer, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiv, p. 479.

Coloration in winter. Forehead, sides of head as far back as eyes, supercilia, and lower parts, with axillaries and wing-lining, white ; lores finely speckled brown ; sides of face behind eyes and of neck streaked; upper parts almost uniform ashy brown, with faint shaft-streaks ; wing-coverts darker; bastard wing, primary-coverts, and primaries blackish ; secondaries ashy grey on outer webs, chiefly white on inner ; lower back and rump white ; upper tail-coverts the same, but with a few scattered brown angulate bars ; tail pale ashy, mixed with white on outer feathers, all bordered with white.

The summer plumage is much darker above, chiefly blackish brown, with a few white spots on the edges of the scapulars; scattered dark spots occur on the fore neck and breast.

Bill dusky, tipped black, yellow near the base; irides dark brown; legs and feet dull ochreous yellow or greenish ochreous (Armstrong).

Length 13 ; tail 2.6 ; wing 7 ; tarsus 1.75; bill from gape 2.4.

Distribution. This Sandpiper breeds in North-eastern Asia, and has been obtained in winter at the mouth of the Rangoon river by Armstrong, in the Calcutta bazaar by Hume, and in Hainan by Styan.

Habits, &c. Armstrong found this species in small parties of from three to five on sand and mud flats near the sea, associating with other waders.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1467. Totanus guttifer
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Armstrongs Sandpiper
Nordmann's Greenshank
Tringa guttifer
Vol. 4
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