1096. Terekia cinerea

Terekia cinerea (Guld.), Nov. Comm. Petrop, xix. p. 473, tab. 19 (1774), (Naum.), xiii. p. 248, Taf. 386, fig. 3 ; Gould, B. of Austral, vi. pl. 34 ; Dresser, viii. p. 195, pl. 572 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 460 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 474 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 856 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 258 ; Scolopax terek. Lath. Ind. Orn. ii. p. 724 (1790) ; (Gould), B. of E. iv. pl. 307 ; (See¬bohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 326.
Morodunka, Russ.
Male ad. (Archangel). Upper parts grey lined with blackish, and a dis¬tinct black line along each side of the middle of the back ; least wing-coverts and quills black, the latter washed with grey, the secondaries and inner primaries tipped with white ; tail grey with a faint coppery gloss ; under parts white ; the sides of the head, neck, and breast striped with greyish brown, the last tinged with grey ; bill curved upwards, blackish, with the base of lower mandible greenish yellow ; legs pale yellowish green ; iris blackish grey. Culmen 1.8, wing 5.3, tail 2.4, tarsus 1.05 inch. Sexes alike. In winter the upper parts lack the black, it being only faintly indicated, and the under parts are white, the sides of neck and breast washed with grey, and the sides of the head streaked with grey.
Hab. Northern Russia, having only once been recorded from so far west as Finland ; of rare occurrence in Germany and Italy ; migrating south through Eastern Europe to South Africa ; Northern Siberia, migrating south through Japan, China, and India to Australia in winter.
By many authors the present species has been united to the Godwits, but it is essentially a Sandpiper, in habits most nearly resembling T. hypoleucus, and its call-note is a clear, loud, musical whistle. It frequents river banks and the shores of small lakes and ponds, and feeds on worms, insects, &c., like the Sandpipers. Its nest, which is a mere depression in the ground, is usually situated in open places near bushes, and its 4 eggs, which are usually deposited in June, are dull buff with purplish grey shell, and purplish brown surface-spots and blotches, and measure about 1.53 by 1.7.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1096. Terekia cinerea
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H. E. Dresser
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Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Xenus cinereus
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