Vanellus vulgaris

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Vanellus vulgaris
Spp Author: 
Bechst.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
332
Common name: 
Crested Lapwing
M_ID: 
3987
M_CN: 
Northern Lapwing
M_SN: 
Vanellus vanellus
Term name: 
id: 
11966

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