1095. Totanus incanus

1095. WANDERING SANDPIPER.
TOTANUS INCANUS.
Totanus incanus, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i. 658 (1788) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 453 ; (Tacz.), F. O. Sib. O. p. 880 ; (Ridgway), p. 168.
Male ad. (Bering Is.). Differs from T. brevipes in having the neck darker and more boldly striped, and the tinder parts generally, including the under tail-coverts, but not the middle of the abdomen, boldly and broadly barred with blackish slate ; bill and feet dull greenish ; iris brown. Cul¬men 1.7, wing 6.7, tail 3.0, tarsus 1.3 inch. In winter the sides of the neck and of the breast and flanks are dull slate grey, the middle of the breast, sides of abdomen, and under tail-coverts narrowly barred with slaty blackish ; middle of abdomen white.
Hab. The Pacific coasts of North America from the Galapagos and Lower California to the Aleutian Islands, Norton Sound and Alaska ; the Commander Islands, Kamchatka, the Chukchi Peninsula ; in winter migrating to the Sandwich Islands and throughout Oceania to the New Hebrides.
Is said to be numerous on the rocky shores of all the islands of Bering Sea, and when disturbed on their feeding-grounds show but little alarm. Their note is a loud ringing whistle, which they utter when they take flight. This species may be dis¬tinguished from T. brevipes in all plumages by having the nasal groove extending to within the terminal third of the upper mandible, whereas in T. brevipes it scarcely extends beyond the half, and the tarsus is usually reticulated behind and not plated. Nothing appears to be known respecting the nidification of this species.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1095. Totanus incanus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1095
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
794
Common name: 
Wandering Sandpiper
M_ID: 
4300
M_CN: 
Wandering Tattler
M_SN: 
Tringa incana
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
11068

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