74. Phatincola moussieri

74. MOUSSIER’S STONECHAT.
PHATINCOLA MOUSSIERI.
Pratincola moussieri (Olphe. Galliard.), Ann. Soc. d’Agricult. &c., Lyon, iv. pl. xi. (1852) ; (Dresser), ii. p. 301, pl. 45 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. vii. p. 20 ; Koenig. J. f. O. 1895 p. 304.
Male ad (Algeria). Crown, sides of head, back and wings black ; a white line across the forehead and over the eye to the nape ; alar patch white ; lump, upper tail-coverts and lateral tail-feathers orange chestnut ; central rectrices brown ; under parts pale chestnut, bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.52, wing 2.6, tail 2.0, tarsus 1.0 inch. The female has the upper parts greyish brown, the under parts dull greyish orange, the tail duller in colour.
Hab. Morocco, Algeria, and Tunis, but it is doubtful if, as has been stated, it has occurred in southern Spain.
In its general habits it resembles the common Stonechat and its flight is similar but rather slower and like that bird it affects bush-covered localities. Its nest, which is constructed of grass-bents and lined with hair and feathers, is placed on the ground under a bush, and the eggs, 4 to 5 in number, which are deposited in April or May, are delicate bluish or greenish white, occasionally pure white, and measure 0.7 by 0.55.
RUTICILLA, C. L. Brehm, 1828.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
74. Phatincola moussieri
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
74
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
48
Common name: 
Moussier’s Stonechat
M_ID: 
28339
M_CN: 
Moussier's Redstart
M_SN: 
Phoenicurus moussieri
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10569

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