Limonidromus indicus, Gm.
595. :- Nemoricola indica, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II; p. 226; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 411.
THE BLACK-BREASTED WAGTAIL.
Length, 6.25; expanse, 10; wing, 3.12; tail, 2.6 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill at front, 0.48.
Bill dusky, beneath whitish; legs whitish, tinged with purplish-brown.
Plumage above greenish olive-brown, beneath yellowish; supercilium white ; a double black band on the breast, the lower one not complete in the centre, which unites laterally with the kipper one; wings blackish, with two broad white bands, and a third at the base of the primaries, a fourth near the tips of the secondaries, continued along the edge of the longest tertiary; tail with the middle feathers brown, the next dusky, the outermost white, with generally a brown outer margin and blackish base, the penultimate with white only on its terminal half.
The Black-breasted Wagtail occurs sparingly in the forest tracts of the Deccan during the cold season; it has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.