57. Saxicola finschi

57. ARABIAN WHEATEAR.
SAXICOLA FINSCHI.
Saxicola finschi, Heugl. Orn. N. O. Afr. i. p. 350 (1869) ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 388 ; S. erythroea, Dresser, ii. p. 219 (partim) pl. 28.
Male ad. (Asia Minor). Sides of the head and neck, throat, upper breast, wings, and scapulars deep black ; rest of plumage pure white ; tail as in S. oenanthe ; bill and legs black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.7, wing 3.4, tail 2.35, tarsus 1.05 inch. The adult female has the crown, nape, back and chin sandy grey, the throat black marked with dull grey ; wings dark brown and the breast and abdomen dull white. The young male is like the female but has more white on the upper parts, and the throat and underparts are as in the adult male? but rather duller, and the young female resembles the adult but is paler and duller above and lacks the black on the throat.
Hab. Egypt, Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Asia Minor, the Transcaspian district, and probably as far east as Persia ; winters in Nubia.
In general habits it does not differ from its allies. It breeds in April, and places its nest, which is flat and untidy, constructed of line grass straws and lined with a few feathers, in a chink in the rocks ; its eggs are pale bluish white, rather round in shape, but when fresh and unblown have a warm pink hue. In size they measure about 0.79 by 0.61.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
57. Saxicola finschi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
57
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
38
Common name: 
Arabian Wheatear
M_ID: 
28564
M_CN: 
Finsch's Wheatear
M_SN: 
Oenanthe finschii
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
9976

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