Saxicola picatus

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.

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: 
Saxicola picatus
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
202
Common name: 
Pied Stonechat
M_ID: 
28551
M_CN: 
Variable Wheatear
M_SN: 
Oenanthe picata
Term name: 
id: 
11639

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