Head, neck, breast, and upper parts, pale ash-colour, spotted with dusky: lower back, belly and abdomen, white.

N. Phseopus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. II. p. 604. Whimbrel, Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. 11. p. 38. Whimbrel Curlew, Selb. Illust. vol. 11. p. 65. pl. 14.

Dimensions

Entire length seventeen inches: length of the bill three inches three lines: breadth, wings extended, twenty-nine inches.

Description

Forehead and crown cinereous brown, the latter divided in the middle by a longitudinal pale streak; over each eye, another but broader streak of white variegated with brown; sides of the head, neck, and breast, pale ash, with longitudinal brown streaks: upper part of the back, scapulars, and wing-coverts, deep brown, the feathers with pale edges; lower part of the back white; rump barred with cinereous brown; tail cinereous brown, with oblique bars of a darker shade: belly and abdomen white; sides barred with brown: bill dusky, reddish towards the base: irides brown: legs deep bluish gray. In young birds, the bill is shorter, and not so much curved. (Egg). Dark olive-brown, blotched with darker brown: long. diam. two inches five lines; trans, diam. one inch eight lines.

N 2

Found on many parts of the coast during the autumnal and winter months, but is less common than the last species. Generally observed in small flocks. Retires to the northern parts of the country to breed. Nest said to be placed on open and exposed heaths. Food, worms and insects.