Turdulus wardi, Jerd.
357. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 520 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 399.
WARD'S PIED BLACKBIRD.
Length, 8.5 to 9 ; wing, 4.6; tail, 3.4; tarsus, 1.2; bill at front, 0.75.
Bill yellow ; irides brown ; legs yellow.
Male, above with the whole. head and neck, black ; eye-streak, a patch on the shoulders of the wings, tips of all the coverts, especially the medial-coverts white; tertiaries and secondaries also tipped white, the latter slightly, and the primaries narrowly edged with the same; upper tail-coverts also tipped ; tail with the central tail-feathers slightly white tipped, the rest of the feathers successively more broadly so, but chiefly on the inner webs, and increasing in amount to the outermost, which has the inner web white for two-thirds of its length; the web black nearly to the tip.
The female is pale-brownish above ; the eye-streak, tips of the wing-coverts and of the tertiaries, fulvous-white; upper tail-coverts and tips of the tail-feathers, whitish ; beneath fulvous-white, variegated with dusky; under tail-coverts pure white; the feathers of the throat, breast and flanks, with dusky spots ; axillaries pure white.
The occurrence of Ward's Blackbird within our limits is very doubtful.
Major Lloyd includes it in his list of the Birds of the Concan.