169. Totanus calidris.
THE COMMON' RED-SHANKS.
=a speckled water-bird, in Aristotle.
Chota battan, India.
Male 10 1/2" to 11 1/2"; 6 oz. Legs pale red. Bill 1 7/8", red, tip dusky. Supercilia from the bill white. Above brown. Inner margin of primaries mottled white. Lower back white. Secondaries white. Known in flight by white on wing.
Breeds from Asia Minor to S.E. Siberia, and migrates in winter to Africa, S. Asia, and Malayan Archipelago. Common in cold season in India, Ceylon, and Burma. Four eggs (1.8 x 1.25), buff, spotted dark brown. (J. 897. E. 1464.)