Motacilla personata, Gould.
591. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 218 ; (M. dukhunensis, Sykes) ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 411 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 165 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 127.
THE BLACK-FACED WAGTAIL.
Length, 7.5 to 8 ; wing, 3.6 to 3.7 ; tail, 4.5 to 4.75 ; bill at front, 0.75. Bill black ; irides brown ; legs black.
In summer plumage, the back and scapulars, pale grey ; occiput, nape, wings, and tail, black ; a supercilium, wing-patch, and outermost tail-feathers, white ; beneath, the throat, neck, and breast, black, the rest white ; primaries are dusky, edged with white, and the upper tail-coverts ashy, edged with black.
In winter dress, the chin, throat, and beneath the eye, are white, leaving only a small patch of black on the breast; the occiput and nape are also grey, the white wing-patch smaller; the coverts and secondaries also grey, edged paler.
With the exception perhaps of Guzerat, the Black-faced Wagtail is generally distributed throughout the district during the cold weather.