55. Saxicola melanoleuca

55. BLACK-THROATED WHEATEAR.
SAXICOLA MELANOLEUCA.
Saxicola melanoleuca (Guld.), Nov. Com. Petr. xix. p. 468, pl. 15 (1775) ; Dresser, ii p. 211, pls. 26, 25, fig. 1 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 385 ; S. xanthomeloena et S. eurymeloena, Ehr. Symb. Phys. (1828).
Male ad. (Asia Minor). Differs from S. stapazina only in the black on the throat less extended, and the white portions of the plumage are much purer white, and it passes through exactly the same stages of plumage as that species.
Hab. South-eastern Europe and western Asia, ranging from Greece through south Russia, the Crimea, Asia Minor, and Persia, as far east as Yarkand, and migrating for the winter to Egypt, Nubia, and Abyssinia.
Does not differ from S. stapazina in habits or nidification. Its nest which is usually rather large is constructed of grass-bents and rootlets and is placed in a cleft of a rock, in carefully selected almost inaccessible places, and its 4 or 5 eggs resemble those of S. stapazina, but are as a rule somewhat brighter in colour and more richly marked.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
55. Saxicola melanoleuca
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
55
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
37
Common name: 
Black Throated Wheatear
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10056

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