Birds Of The Worlds:
The Indian Bustard
The Plover-like Birds
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( Originally Published Early 1900's )
Associated with the last, at least by American ornithologists, is the Surf-bird (Aphriza virgata), which is distinguished by its longer tarsus, emarginate tail, and swollen terminal portion of the bill. It ranges from Alaska to Chile, breeding at the north and feeding largely on crustaceans, which it secures by foraging among the retreating waves, often with the spray dashing over it. The nest and eggs are unknown, but Mr. Grinnell, who found the birds in the Kotzebue Sound region, states that he was informed by the natives that they nest about some small lakes far back on the tundra and next to the mountains, which confirms the experience of Mr. Nelson at St. Michael.