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Willett

Capt. Lewis, May 9, 1805--I killed four plover this evening of a different kind from any I have yet seen. it resembles the grey or whistling plover more than any other of this family of birds, tho’ it is much larger. it is about the size of the yellow leged plover common to the U’States, and called the jack curloo by some. the legs are of a greenish brown; the toes, three and one high at the heel unconnected with a webb, the breast and belly of a brownish white; the head neck upper part of the body and coverts of the wings are of a dove coloured brown which when the bird is at rest is the predomanent colour. the tale has 12 feathers of the same length of which the two in the center are black with transverse bars of yellowish bron, the others area brown is white. the large feathers of the wings are white tiped with black. the eyes are black with a small ring of dark yellowish brown the beak is black 2 1/2 inches long, cilindrical, streight, and roundly or blountly pointed. the notes of this bird are louder and more various than of any other species I have seen.

 
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