294. Motacilla lugens

294. JAPANESE PIED WAGTAIL.
MOTACILLA LUGENS.
Motacilla lugens, “Pall.” Kittlitz. Kupf. Vog. p. 16, pl. 21, fig. l (1832) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. x. p. 474, pl. iv. figs. 1-4 ; M. japonica, Swinhoe, Ibis. 1863, p. 309 ; M. amurensis, Seebohm, Ibis, 1878, p. 345, pl. ix ; M. blakistoni, id. Ibis. 1883, p. 91 ; M. camtschatica, Tacz. Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 1882, p. 388.
Male ad. (Japan). Differs from M. lugubris in having a narrow black streak passing through the eye, much more white on the wings, the median and larger coverts especially being almost entirely white, and the chin is also white. Bill and legs black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 3.8, tail 3.85, tarsus 0.95 inch. In the winter the upper parts are blackish grey and there is much less black on the throat and neck. This species differs from Motacilla ocularis only in having the back black, not grey, and in having more white on the wings.
Hab. Eastern Siberia, Kamchatka, and Japan, rare in China and Formosa.
In general habits it does not differ from its allies, frequenting damp localities, especially meadow-land, feeding on insects of various kinds. Its nest resembles that of M. alba, but is constructed of somewhat different materials, frequently of the leaves of an aquatic plant, and lined with hair of deer. The eggs, 5 or 6 in number, are french white rather boldly marked with greyish brown.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
294. Motacilla lugens
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
294
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
198
Common name: 
Japanese Pied Wagtail
M_ID: 
30336
M_SN: 
Motacilla alba lugens
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10437

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