628. Saxicola chrysopygia.
The Red-tailed Chat.
Dromolaea chrysopygia, De Filippi, Arch. Zool. Genova, ii, p. 381 (1863). Saxicola kingi, Hume, Ibis, 1871, p. 29; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 239; Hume, S. F. i, p. 187, iii, p. 476; id. Cat. no. 491 bis; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 204. Saxicola chrysopygia (De Fil.), Blanf. & Dresser, P. Z. S. 1874, p. 230; Blanf. Fast. Pers. ii, p. 151, pl. x, fig. 1; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 57 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 389.
Coloration. Sexes alike. Forehead, crown, nape, back, and scapulars brown; rump and upper tail-coverts pale chestnut; tail brighter chestnut, the terminal half of the middle pair of feathers and a band at the tip of the others black; lesser, median, and primary coverts and winglet brown, edged with grey; greater coverts and quills brown, edged with rufous ; lores dark brown ; ear-coverts rich hair-brown; a supercilium greyish white; chin, throat, and breast white tinged with ashy; remainder of lower plumage pale brown with a vinaceous tinge, and turning to buff on the vent and under tail-coverts; axillaries and under wing-coverts greyish white.
Legs, feet, and bill black; iris dark brown (G. King).
Length about 6.5; tail 2.5; wing 3.8; tarsus 1.05; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. Apparently a winter visitor to the plains of North-western India, being found in the Punjab west of the Jhelum river, Sind, Cutch, Northern Guzerat, and Rajputana as far east as Jodhpur. This species extends to the west as far as Persia, where it is certainly found in the summer.