1173. Motacilla leucopsis

(1173) Motacilla leucopsis Gould.
The WHITE-FACED WAGTAIL.
Motacilla lugubris leucopsis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 264.
Motacilla leucopsis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 660.
This Wagtail is said to breed over the East of Siberia, Amur to Mongolia and Northern China, South to Tibet. Vaughan and Jones describe it as breeding freely in South-Eastern China and,finally, Hopwood has recorded it as breeding in Burma. This latter is the only record of its breeding within the limits of our work. One of the eggs was forwarded to me by Hopwood with the following note :—
“This nest was made of grass and was placed under some debris on a sand-bank. Mr, Raike described the bird as exactly like an English Pied Wagtail. It contained four fresh eggs on the 13.3.1914, of which he took two and broke one. I myself saw the nest about ten days later on a sand-bank in the Upper Chindwin, where it is still in the plains. The nest was then empty, but a pair of Motacilla leucopsis were still inhabiting the sand-bank,”
The egg sent me is just a common type of egg of the Pied or White Wagtail and measures 21.3 x 15.0 mm. It is just like many others of leucopsis sent me by Messrs. Vaughan and Jones.
In Tibet Bailey took a nest with five eggs at Nonda, 13,500 feet, while I have had two nests with birds sent me from Gyantse Plain, about 12,000-13,000 feet.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1173. Motacilla leucopsis
Spp Author: 
Gould.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1173
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
131
Common name: 
White Faced Wagtail
M_ID: 
30337
M_SN: 
Motacilla alba leucopsis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14256

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