1081. Tringites rufescens

Tringites rufescens (Vieill.), Nouv. Dict. xxiv. p. 470 (1819) ; (Gould), B. of E. iv. pl. 326 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. iv. pl. 64 ; Newton, P.Z.S. 1867, pl. xv. fig. 4 (egg) ; Dresser, viii. p. 109, pl. 561 ; Saunders, p. 601 ; Lilford, v. p. 99, pl. 43 ; Poynting, p. 183, pl. 39 ; T. sub-ruficollis (Vieill.), tom. cit. p. 465 (1819) ; Ridgway, p. 169 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 521.
Mae ad. (Mexico). Upper parts clay-buff marked with black, the dorsal feathers tipped with dirty white ; quills blackish brown, the elongated inner secondaries metallic blackish brown margined with ochreous ; tail brown tinged with metallic grey, with a subterminal blackish band and tipped with buffy white, the outer feathers marbled with blackish ; under parts clay-yellow, paler on the abdomen and under tail-coverts, the sides of the breast blotched with black ; the under surface of the wing marbled with black ; bill greenish black ; legs clay-yellow ; iris hazel-brown. Culmen 0.9, wing 5.15, tail 2.25, tarsus 1.25 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. America, breeding in the high north, and migrating south for the winter as far down in South America as Peru and Paraguay ; of accidental occurrence in Europe, but has been obtained about a dozen times in England, three times in Ireland, once in Switzerland, and once in Heligoland.
Is chiefly met with inland and not on the coast, and frequents grassy plains and also sandy arid localities. It is tame and unĀ¬suspicious, and runs with ease and swiftness ; on the wing it most nearly resembles a Ringed Plover. Its call-note is a low, weak tweet, and its food consists of insects of various kinds. It breeds in Arctic and subarctic America late in June or early in July, the nest being a mere depression in the ground scantily lined with a few withered leaves and dried grasses, and the eggs, 4 in number, are clay-yellow with an olivaceous or drab tint, or of a peculiar grey in ground-colour, boldly and sharply marked, chiefly at the larger end, with rich umber-brown and with purplish grey underlying shell blotches ; in size they measure about 1.46 by 1.05.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1081. Tringites rufescens
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Buff Breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Tryngites subruficollis
Vol. 2

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