Totanus glottis


Totanus glottis.

Timtimma, Hindustani.

The greenshank is not only the biggest, but much the best for the table, of the various sandpipers or snippets, most of which are contemptuously passed over by sportsmen as birds of no account; but as it is really good, and easily recognizable, it is worth mentioning here, especially as the front figure in Hume's plate of Armstrong's yellowshanks might easily be taken for it. It] is a most graceful, elegant bird, with a straight, slender, pointed bill, and greyish plumage with conspicuous white under- parts and rump, which last, together with the nearly white tail, is noticeable as it gets up with its characteristic shrill cry,imitated by its native name in Hindustani; the Bengali name is Gotra. The legs are green and the bill black at the tip and clear blue-grey at the root ; the whole length about a foot and a quarter, while the body is as big as a small partridge's. The greenshank is a winter visitor, staying from September to April; it is distributed all across the northern parts of the Old World in summer, and visits Australia as well as India and China in winter. In summer plumage the fore and upper parts are much streaked with black. The marsh sandpiper (Totanus stagnatilis) is like this bird on a small scale.

Indian Sporting Birds
Finn, Frank. Indian Sporting Birds. Edwards, 1915.
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Totanus glottis
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Green Shanks
Common Greenshank
Tringa nebularia
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