76. Ruticilla mesoleuca

76. EHRENBERG’S REDSTART.
RUTICILLA MESOLEUCA.
Ruticilla mesoleuca, Ehr. Symb. Phys. Aves. fol. e e (1829) ; Dresner, ii. p. 285, pl. 42 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 338.
Male ad. (Taurus). Differs from the Common Redstart in having a con¬spicuous white alar patch ; the upper parts are darker, and the under parts of a deeper orange red. Culmen 0.5, wing 3.1, tail 2.45, tarsus 0.82 inch. The female resembles that of R. phoenicurus, but is darker and greyer in tinge of colour.
Hab. Asia Minor, the Caucasus, and North Africa, wintering in Arabia, Abyssinia, and Senegal ; has on several occasions been obtained in Europe proper.
In general habits it assimilates more closely with R. titys than with R. phoenicurus. but is much shyer than either of these. Its nest which it places in a hollow tree is loosely con¬structed of strips of the inner bark of the juniper and hair or wool, and lined with hair and feathers ; the eggs from 3 to 6 in number closely resemble those of R. phoenicurus.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
76. Ruticilla mesoleuca
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
76
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
50
Common name: 
Ehrenberg’s Redstart
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10231

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