Motacilla alba

Motacilla alba, Lin.

591ter. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 166 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 127.

THE EUROPEAN WHITE-FACED WAGTAIL.

Length, 7.5 to 8 ; wing, 3.75 ; tail, 4.75.

Bill black ; irides dark-brown ; legs black.

Front of the head, lores, all round the eye, ear-coverts, cheeks, and a broad stripe down the sides of the neck, white, as also the belly, vent and under tail-coverts ; back of the head and nape, chin, throat and breast, black ; back and scapulars darker-grey than in personata ; upper tail-coverts dark-brown, a few feathers margined white ; primaries dusky-brown, the outer webs darker, with a very faint whitish edge ; secondaries,. tertiaries, and inner webs of the median greater-coverts, dark brown, nearly black, all broadly edged white on their outer webs, and except the primaries, tipped with white ; the inner webs of the primaries and secondaries margined for their basal half with white; lesser wing-coverts concolorous with the back; tail black, the two outermost feathers white, except a dark brown margin for nearly three-fourths their length on their inner webs, and in some specimens on the outer web near the shaft; under wing and thigh-coverts white, the latter with some dark streaks.

The European White-faced Wagtail is a common cold weather visitant to Sind. It is by many considered identical with dukhunensis.

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 alba
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
237
Common name: 
European White-faced Wagtail
M_ID: 
30329
M_CN: 
White Wagtail
M_SN: 
Motacilla alba
Term name: 
id: 
11728

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