Saxicola picatus, Blyth.
489. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 131; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 475 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 142.
THE PIED STONECHAT.
Length, 6.5; expanse, 11.25 ; wing, 3.75 ; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill at front, 0.5 ; bill at gape, 0.75.
Bill black ; irides dark-brown ; legs black.
Whole head, neck, and upper breast, back, and wings, black ; the rump, upper tail-coverts, and all the lower parts from the breast white ; tail white, except the terminal two-thirds of the two central feathers, and the tips of the others, which are black.
The Pied Stonechat is a common winter visitant to Sind and Guzerat, but it is much less common at Mhow and Neemuch, and has not been recorded from the Deccan.
I found it breeding in the vicinity of Chaman, South Afghanistan.