Hoplopterus ventralis, Cuv.
857. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 650 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 231 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 133.
THE SPUR-WINGED LAPWING.
Length, 12 ; expanse, 25 ; wing, 8 ; tail, 4 ; tarsus, 2.5 ; bill at front, 1.12.
Bill black ; irides deep-brown ; legs reddish-black.
Head, including the long crest, face as far as the middle of the eye, and a broad band from the base of the lower mandible down the chin and throat, glossy black- a white line from behind the eye, bordering the black and meeting its fellow behind ; sides of the back and neck pale-ashy, gradually passing into the brownish-ashy of the back, scapulars and wing-coverts, and forming a pectoral band, between which and the black throat is a broad white space ; quills black, white at their base, the white increasing in extent to the last secondary, which is merely black-tipped ; primary and secondary-coverts white ; the shoulder black ; winglet white; tail-feathers white, with a broad black tip; upper tail-coverts white; abdomen white, with ah interrupted black band in the centre.
The occurrence of the Spur-wing Lapwing within our limits is doubtful; a specimen is recorded from Upper Sind.