134. Vanellus vulgaris.
THE PEEWIT or CRESTED LAPWING or GREEN PLOVER.
Vulgaris=common, from vulgus=the multitude.
Male 12". Legs orange-brown. Bill black. Black slender crest.— In summer: Above green, glossed purple. Abdomen white. Under-tail chestnut. Axillaries white.— In winter: Chin and throat white. Winter visitor to N. W. India.
Gregarious. Breeds in Punjab. Four or five eggs (1.8 x 1.3), pyriform, olive, blotched brown. (J. 851. B. 1436.)
Also the genus Erythrogonys. One species with white on wing— E. ductus, 7 1/2", from Australia.
Also the genus Defillipia. Two species with white on wing— D. crassirostris, from N. E. Africa; and D. leucoptera, 11 1/2", from S.E. Africa.
Also the genus Oreophilus. One species with no hind toe— O. ruficollis, with scarcely any connecting membrane between the toes, from S. America.