Totanus ochropus, Lin.
892. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 698 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 18; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 430 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 254; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 134.
THE GREEN SAND-PIPER.
Length, 9.75 to 10.5 ; expanse, 18 to 19 ; wing, 5.5 to 6 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 1.5 ; bill at front, 1.4.
Bill dusky green, blackish at tip ; irides brown ; legs dingy-green. ; Crown, nape, and upper parts ashy-brown, tinged with olive-green ; all the feathers of the back, scapulars and wing-coverts with an edging of small white spots; quills deep brown ; upper tail-coverts pure white ; tail with the basal third white; the rest white with brown bars, the two outermost feathers entirely white ; a brown streak from the gape to the eye, and a white supercilium ; all beneath pure white, a few of the feathers on the neck and breast with dusky streaks.
In summer, the upper parts are darker, greener, and more spotted, and the streaks on the neck more distinct.
The Green Sand-piper is a very common cold weather visitant to all parts of the Presidency.
It is one of the earliest of our winter visitors, arriving soon after the commencement of the rains.