49. Saxicola picata

49. Indian Pied Wheatear.
SAXICOLA PICATA.
Saxicola picata, Blyth, J. As. Soc. Beng. xvi. p. 131 (1847) ; Blanf. E. Persia, ii. p. 153 ; Gould, B. of Asia, iv. pl. 26 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 367 ; Dresser, ix. p. 29, pl. 639 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 71.
Male ad. (Sind). Head, neck, throat, upper breast, back, and wings deep dull black ; rump, upper tail-coverts, and under parts white ; tail as in S. oenanthe ; bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.65, wing 3.5, tail 2.7, tarsus 1.0 inch. The female differs in having the black portions of the plumage brown, the chin greyish brown. The young bird resembles the female, but has the under parts mottled. The old male has the crown more or less white, especially just before the moult.
Hab. Transcaspia, ranging east through Afghanistan and Persia to Gilgit, wintering in the lowlands, and on the plains of India, and has been recorded from Muscat in Arabia. Frequents rocky localities and during the breeding season is found in the mountains to an altitude of nearly 6000 feet. It breeds from March to July, its nest, which is placed in a hole of a wall or cranny of a rock, is constructed of grass and lined with feathers, and the eggs, 4 to 5 in number, are pale greenish blue, marked chiefly at the larger end, with pale rusty-red, and measure 0.8 0.82 by 0.55 to 0.57.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
49. Saxicola picata
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
49
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
33
Common name: 
Indian Pied Wheatear
M_ID: 
28551
M_CN: 
Variable Wheatear
M_SN: 
Oenanthe picata
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10400

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