Upper parts dusky brown, spotted with yellow; cheeks, neck, and breast, variegated with brown and ash-colour; throat and abdomen white.
C. pluvialis, Temm. Man. dOrn. torn. II. p. 535. Golden Plover, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. II. p. 231. pl. 37. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 367.
Entire length eleven inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) ten lines and a half, (from the gape) one inch one line; of the tarsus one inch seven lines; of the tail three inches; from the carpus to the end of the wing seven inches six lines: breadth, wings extended, twenty-three inches.
(Winter plumage). Crown of the head, and all the upper parts, dusky brown, thickly spotted with king's yellow, the spots being disposed along the edges and at the tips of the feathers; cheeks, neck, and breast, somewhat variegated with streaks and spots of ash-gray and yellowish brown; throat, belly, and abdomen, white: quills, and greater coverts, dusky; the former white along the shafts; the latter tipped with white: bill dusky: irides dark brown: legs deep ash-colour. (Summer plumage). Upper parts deep black; the edges of the feathers spotted with bright yellow: forehead, and space above the eyes, white: sides of the neck white, with large black and yellow spots: throat, fore part of the neck, and all the under parts, black. (Young of the year). Upper parts cinereous brown, with spots of yellowish ash. (Egg). Yellowish stone-colour, blotched and spotted with brownish black: long. diam. two inches; trans, diam. one inch four lines.
Not uncommon; migrating from the southern to the northern parts of the kingdom at the approach of the breeding season. Haunts moors, heaths, and other open districts; occasionally, during severe weather, the sea-coast. Food worms and insects. Eggs four in number; laid in May.