A wading bird closely allied to the plover. it is easily known from its red feet and bill, the latter being twice as long as the head. The plumage is black and white and the wings are long and pointed. Its bill is truncated at the end and has the shape of a wedge. The bird measures about sixteen inches in length.
B. P. Holst The Teachers' and Pupils' Cyclopaedia (Kansas City: The Bufton Book Company, 1909)