Motacilla leucopsis

Motacilla leucopsis, Gould.

590. :- Motacilla luzoniensis, Scop. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 218.

THE WHITE-FACED WAGTAIL.

Length, 7.9; extent, 11.25; wing, 3.6; tail, 3.75; tarsus, 0.6 ; bill at front, 0.6.

Bill black ; irides brown ; legs black.

In summer plumage, the occiput, nape, and upper parts generally deep black, also a large patch on the breast; a broad frontal band, sides of head (including the eye) and neck, large wing-patch, the two outermost tail-feathers on each side, and the lower parts, white.

In winter plumage, the back, shoulder, and rump are ashy-grey, the occiput, nape, and breast-band alone being black.

The female is a trifle smaller than the male, and the black perhaps is not quite so deep.

The White-faced Wagtail is, I believe, not uncommon at and near Mhow. It is of course a cold weather visitant only.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Motacilla leucopsis
Spp Author: 
Gould.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
235
Common name: 
White-faced Wagtail
M_ID: 
30337
M_SN: 
Motacilla alba leucopsis
Term name: 
id: 
11725

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