Cercomela melanura

Cercomela melanura, Rupp.

493. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 133.

THE BLACK-TAILED ROCKCHAT.

Length, 6; wing, 3.12; tail, 2.35 ; tarsus, 0.88. Bill blackish; legs black.

Of an uniform ashy-brown tint above, paler on the throat and breast, and passing to whitish below ; under tail-coverts white ; the tail and upper coverts black.

It is extremely uncertain whether this bird occurs in India or not, but Jerdon says, that " among the drawings of Sir A. Burnes is one of a saxicoline bird, procured in Sind, which Mr. Blyth identifies with Ruppell's bird, which is a native of N. E. Africa and Arabia"

As no other observer has since procured it from thence, it must have been an isolated straggler, that had wandered far from its usual haunts.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cercomela melanura
Spp Author: 
Rupp.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
206
Common name: 
Black Tailed Rockchat
M_ID: 
28528
M_CN: 
Blackstart
M_SN: 
Oenanthe melanura
id: 
11648

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