Motacilla dukhunensis

Motacilla dukhunensis, Sykes.

591bis. :- Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 489 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 410.

SYKES' GREY AND BLACK 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.

Mr. Hume points out, Stray Feathers, Vol. I, p. 30, that" the only ready and unfailing diagnosis of the two species," i.e, personata and dukhunensis, " is that, in both sexes, and at all seasons, the ear-coverts and whole aural region are in personata black, blackish or dark-grey; in dukhunensis, pure white or greyish or sordid-white." This marked difference, coupled with the conspicuously greater amount of white on the wings of personata, as compared with those of dukhunensis, ought to render the separation of any specimens of the two species comparatively easy.

This Wagtail is common during the cold season in both the Deccan and Guzerat. It also occurs at Neemuch in Rajputana.

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 dukhunensis
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
236
Common name: 
Sykes Grey And Black Wagtail
M_ID: 
30329
M_CN: 
White Wagtail
M_SN: 
Motacilla alba
Term name: 
id: 
11727

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