Chettusia gregaria, Pall.
852. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p, 644 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 12 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 426 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 229.
THE BLACK-SIDED LAPWING.
Length, 13 ; wing, 8.5 ; tail, 3.5 ; tarsus, 2.3 ; bill at front, 1.2.
Bill black; irides dark-brown ; legs dull black.
Forehead and superciliary band passing round to the occiput white ; top of the head black; back of neck and upper plumage generally of an olivaceous-brown, tinged with grey; primaries black; secondaries white; tail white with a subterminal black band, wanting in the outermost feathers; a narrow band from the lores through the eyes, black ; sides of head and neck, both in front and on the sides above, pale rufous, passing to brownish on the lower part of the neck, and to brownish-ashy on the breast; middle of the abdomen deep black, bordered posteriorly by deep chesnut; lower belly, vent, and under tail-coverts white.
The Slack-sided Lapwing occurs as a cold weather visitant more or less commonly throughout the region.