511. Enanthe oenanthe argentea

(511 a) Oenanthe oenanthe argentea Lonnberg.
Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 48 (part.).
Oenanthe oenanthe argentea, Lonnberg, Arkiv f. Zool. vol. v, p. 22, 1909 : Buru, Lake Baikal.
In the ‘Fauna’ I united argentea with the typical form, although with considerable doubt. With the examination of further material, in addition to re-examination of that previously available, it seems to me that argentea must be admitted.
Its range appears to be Central Asia East of Lake Baikal and South through Turkestan and Persia to Baluchistan. Two birds from Quetta certainly would have to be placed with this race.
It is remotely possible that this Wheatear may occasionally breed in the Baluchistan Hills, so I have included it in this work.
The only note I have on its breeding is from Ludlow, who obtained two addled eggs from a nest in a marmot’s hole at Karquitash in Turkestan, at an elevation between 8,500 and 9,000 feet, on the 20th June, when the young birds had flown but were still about the nest with both parents. The nest was of the usual Wheatear type. The two eggs are a pale skim-milk blue, unspotted, with the normal close fine texture of most Wheatears’ eggs, and measure 20.3 x 15.1 and 20.8 x 15.1 mm. The birds were very common and Ludlow shot several specimens, now in the British Museum.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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511. Enanthe oenanthe argentea
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Eastern Wheatear
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