Upper parts cinereous brown: a gorget of black on the breast: bill entirely black: feet flesh-colour.

C. minor, Temm. Man. dOrn. torn. 11. p. 542. Little Ring-Dotterel, Gould, Eur op. Birds, part xi. pl. 2.

Dimensions

Entire length five inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines and a half; of the tarsus eleven lines and a half; of the tail two inches four lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing four inches four lines.

Description

(Adult male and female). " Bill black; a band of the same colour passing from the bill to the eye, and extending over the ear-coverts; the forehead pure white, above which on the crown a black band passes from eye to eye; the occiput gray, beneath which a white circle spreads from the throat round the neck; this is succeeded by a black band, broad on the chest, but narrowing until it meets at the back of the neck; the whole of the upper plumage, with the exception of the rump, which is white, of a fine brownish gray; under surface white; feet and legs flesh-colour; irides hazel. (Young). Wants the black collar and facial markings, the crown of the head and face being brownish gray; in every other respect resembles the adult, except that a brownish tint pervades the whole of the upper plumage, and that every feather is edged with a lighter margin. (Egg). Yellowish white, marked with blotches of black and brown." Gould.

A single individual of this species, a young bird of the year, has been recently killed at Shoreham in Sussex. It is now in the possession of Mr Henry Doubleday of Epping. No other has hitherto occurred in Britain, although from its close resemblance to the C. Hiaticula, it is possible that the species may have been overlooked. Common on some parts of the Continent. According to Temminck, resorts by preference more to the banks of rivers than to the shores of the sea. Food and nidification similar to those of the Ringed Plover.