Vanellus vulgaris, Bechst.
851. :- V. cristatus, Mey. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 643; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 228.
THE CRESTED LAPWING.
Length, 12 ; wing, 9 ; tail, 4; tarsus, 2.
Bill black ; irides hazel-brown ; legs orange-brown.
Head with lengthened slender crest black; behind the eye, ear-coverts, nape, and sides of neck, white; upper plumage green, glossed with purple and coppery, becoming golden-green on the lower back and rump, and with a golden fulvous tinge on the scapulars ; primaries black, the first three greyish-white at the tip; tail white at the base with a broad black terminal band, broadest on the medial feathers ; lores, chin, throat, and breast glossy blue-black; lower breast, abdomen, and vent white ; lower tail-coverts chesnut.
In winter, the chin and throat are white.
The female only differs in having a shorter crest than the male.
The Peewit is a cold weather visitant to Northern Sind; it does not occur elsewhere within our limits.