Chettusia villotoei, Aud.
853. :- C. leucura, Licht. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 646; C. flavipes, Sav.; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 13; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 229 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 132.
THE WHITE-TAILED LAPWING.
Length, 11; expanse, 23; wing, 7 ; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 2.6 ; bill at front, 1.
Bill black; irides brownish-red ; legs bright yellow.
General color above brownish-grey, with a reddish-purple gloss on the mantle, extending over the tertiaries; head and neck browner and glossless; the throat and around the bill white; breast more ashy; the feathers margined paler; rest of the under parts, with the tail and its upper-coverts, white ; the belly and flanks conspicuously tinged with dull rosy, or a roseate-cream hue; primaries and their coverts black; the secondaries and their coverts largely tipped with white, and having a black bar above the white ; rest of the wing-coverts like the back.
With the exception of the Deccan, the White-tailed Lapwing is a not uncommon winter visitant throughout the region.
It is by no means so rare as Jerdon states.