(1178) Motacilla flava leucocephala.
The White-headed Wagtail.
Budytes leucocephala C. Deditius (Przevalsky), Jour. f. Orn., p. 279 (1887) (Altai).
Vernacular names. Pilkya (Hind.).
Description. Similar to M. f beema but the adult has the whole head white, not sharply defined from but shading into the grey of the neck.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in M. f beema.
Distribution. Breeding in Mongolia (Sushkin) and Manchuria (Smirnoff); obtained by Przevalsky on the Irtisch River and the Southern Altai, Dzungaria.
Nidification. The Wagtail has been found breeding in Mongolia by Sushkin and in Manchuria by Smirnoff in May, June and July. The nest is like that of other races of this species, a compact cup of grass and roots, lined thickly and neatly with wool and placed on the ground in long grass or weeds in wet meadows near water. Nine eggs vary in size between 18.3 x 13.8 and 20.0 x 15.0 mm. They are like those of other races of flava but are very dark in coloration.
Habits. Those of the species. The only specimen so Far obtained in India was shot by Whistler on the 3rd May, 1913, a male in perfect plumage.