Budytes citreola

Budytes citreola, Pall.

594bis. :- Butler, Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 411; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 169; Motacilla citreola, Pall.; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p, 127.


Length, 7.1; wing, 3.18 ; tail, 2.75; bill at front, 0.4.

Bill pale-brown; irides brown; legs pale brown.

Forehead, crown of head, sides of the face, ear-coverts, chin, throat, breast, and entire under parts bright yellow, paler on the vent, and nearly white on the under tail-coverts; nape, and upper back, black; lower back and scapulars dark-grey; rump and upper tail-coverts pale or dark-brown or yellowish-green, the feathers edged with greenish; primaries and. secondaries dusky; tertiaries dark brown; the primaries and secondaries faintly edged and tipped with white, and the tertiaries broadly so, all basally white on their inner webs; lesser wing-coverts like the back and tipped brown; median and greater-coverts brown, edged with white, and forming two conspicuous white or yellowish-white bands ; the second band oblique in the closed wing, being formed by the white of the greater coverts, and that of the innermost tertiaries, the longest of which is nearly equal in length with the fourth primary; under wing-coverts white ; tail black, the feathers with a faint tinge of whitish on their outer webs; the two outermost tail-feathers on each side white, with a broad margin on their inner webs, to about half an inch from the tip; the next black, with the edge of the outer web and tip white.

The Grey-backed Yellow Wagtail is a common cold weather visitant to the Deccan, Rajputana, and also in a lesser degree to Sind.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Budytes citreola
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Grey Backed Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Motacilla citreola
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