Saxicola isabellina, Rupp.
491. :- Saxicola oenanthe, Linn. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 132; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 475; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 404 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 146; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 125.
Length, 6.5 to 7 ; expanse, 11 to 12; wing, 3.75 to 4 ; tail, 2.5 to 2.75 ; tarsus, 1.1 ; bill at front, 0.45 to 0.5 ; bill at gape 0.75 to 0.8.
Bill black ; irides brown ; legs black.
Male, above ashy with a brown tinge ; the rump and upper tail-coverts white, and a white supercilium ; lores and eye-streak black ; wings dusky, edged with brown ; tail with the two central feathers black for the terminal two-thirds, the rest white, the outer feathers black tipped ; under surface pale rusty-brown, albescent on the belly and under tail-coverts ; under wing-coverts blackish with white edgings.
The female is ashy-brown above, wings dusky-brown, tail black-tipped.
In winter the feathers are broadly edged with rufous, most conspicuous on the wing-coverts and tertiaries.
The Wheatear is a common winter visitant to Sind, Guzerat, and Rajputana, but is very rare in the Deccan.