Totanus guttifer

Armstrong's Yellowshanks.

Totanus guttifer

Distinguished from the greenshank by its darker tail, rather smaller size, and proportionately shorter legs, which are yellower, this rare bird is probably often passed over; it is an Bast Asiatic bird, breeding in the north. In winter it has been got in Hainan, and Hume got it in the Calcutta Bazaar, while Armstrong also obtained it at the mouth of the Rangoon River; but hardly anything is known about it. In summer plumage, the back is nearly black.

To distinguish this bird certainly, attention should be paid to the length of the shank from hock to toes, which is less than two inches and less than the length of the bill; whereas in the greenshank the shank similarly measured is 2 1/2 inches, and the bill just equals this.

BookTitle: 
Indian Sporting Birds
Reference: 
Finn, Frank. Indian Sporting Birds. Edwards, 1915.
Title in Book: 
Totanus guttifer
Book Author: 
Frank Finn
Year: 
1915
Page No: 
101
Common name: 
Armstrongs Yellowshanks
M_ID: 
4291
M_CN: 
Nordmann's Greenshank
M_SN: 
Tringa guttifer
Term name: 
id: 
12314

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