1039. Chettusia leucura

Chettusia leucura (Licht.), in Eversm. Reise nach Buchara, p. 137, (1823) ; Dresser, vii. p. 531, pl. 529 ; id. Ibis, 1902, p. 177, pl. vi. figs. 1, 2 (eggs) ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 171 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 233 ; C. villotoei, Audouin, Expl. somm. Descr, de l’Egypte, p. 388, pl. vi. fig. 2 (1825) ; Shelley, B. of Egypt, p. 233 ; V. flavipes, Lesson, Traite d’Orn, p. 542 (1831).
Ghizi, in Cabul ; Ghiric, in Afghanistan.
Male ad. (Turkestan). Upper parts brown with a lilac tinge on the back and wings ; upper tail-coverts, tail, most of the secondaries, flanks, under wing-coverts and upper throat white ; primaries black ; forehead and sides of head pale brown ; fore neck brown ; breast ashy grey ; abdomen rosy buff or salmon-colour ; bill black ; legs yellow ; iris reddish brown, the edge of the eyelids red. Culmen 1.25, wing 6.7, tail 2.75, tarsus 2.55 inch. Sexes alike. The young birds lack the pink tinge on the upper parts and the feathers have pale margins.
Hab. Southern Russia, Transcaspia ; a rare straggler to Southern Europe, but has occurred in Southern France and Malta ; North Africa in winter ; in Asia it is found in Turke¬stan, Persia, Afghanistan, and Northern India in winter.
Is essentially a marsh bird, and is rarely found away from damp, marshy places. It is shy and wary, and is said never to consort with other waders in winter, but in the breeding season other species seek its society more especially on account of its wariness, for it immediately announces the advent of an intruder by its loud cry. It breeds in May, its nest being a heap of dry herbage, with a depression in the middle, and is placed in a damp locality, usually on the edge of a swamp, and the eggs, 2 to 4 in number, are small editions of those of C. gregaria, being clay-yellow in ground-colour, marked all over, but generally more profusely at the larger end, with black, the shell-markings being duller and paler, and the surface spots and blotches deeper black. In size they measure about 1.56 by 1.13.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1039. Chettusia leucura
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H. E. Dresser
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White Tailed Plover
White-tailed Lapwing
Vanellus leucurus
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