(1180) Motacilla feldegg melanogriseus
The Turkestan Black-headed Wagtail.
Budytes melanogriseus Homeyer, Jour. f. Orn., p. 128 (1878) (India). Motacilla feldeggi. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 297 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to M. f. feldegg but has the chin white, produced back as a white line between the yellow throat and the black ear-coverts.
Colours of soft parts as in M. f. feldegg.
Measurements. Wing 79 to 83 mm.; tail 68 to 73 mm.; tarsus 24 to 2d mm. ; culmen 13 to 14 mm.
Female and Young cannot be distinguished from those of the preceding race and many of our adult Indian males aie quite intermediate between this and the preceding form.
Distribution. Breeding in Turkestan and Persia and in Winter visiting India within the same areas as the Black-headed Wagtail.
It is only within their breeding areas that one can be in any way certain of meeting either race of the Black-headed Wagtails and that race only. The Western form certainly seems to visit North-West India in some numbers, whilst, on the other hand, the Eastern form appears occasionally to wander as far South-West in Winter as Egypt.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding bird. Witherby obtained its eggs near Sheraz on the 3rd May at 5,200 feet, Negikoff took them in the Altai at about the same, date and Smirnoff took Wagtails' eggs, which he attributed to this species, at Krasnoyarsk on the 7th of that month. They measure 20.0 x 14.6 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.