53. Saxicola opistholeuca

53. STRICKLAND’S WHEATEAR.
SAXICOLA OPISTHOLEUCA.
Saxicola opistholeuca, Strickl, in Jardine’s Contrib. Orn. 1849, p. 60 ; (Gould) B. of Asia, iv. pl. 27 ; Blanf, and Dresser, P. Z. S. 1874, p. 229 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 376 ; Oates. F. Brit. Ind. Birds ii. p. 73 ; S. leucuroides, Guer. Jerdon, B. of Ind. ii. p. 130 (1863).
Male ad. (India). Rump, upper and lower tail-coverts, and lower part of abdomen white ; rest of the plumage black except the tail, which has the middle feathers white on the basal third, otherwise black ; the remaining feathers white, broadly tipped with black ; bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 3.65, tail 2.8, tarsus 0.9 inch. Thu female resembles that of S. picata. but is very dusky throughout, and has the ear-coverts rich brown.
Hab. Turkestan, wintering in Afghanistan and the plains of India from the Punjab down to Khandesh and Nagpur, and from Sind to Etawah in the N.W. Provinces and has been also recorded from the lower hills of the Sutlej valley.
In habits this species does not seem to differ from its allies, but I can find nothing on record respecting its nidification.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
53. Saxicola opistholeuca
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
53
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
36
Common name: 
Strickland’s Wheatear
M_ID: 
28416
M_CN: 
White-tailed Stonechat
M_SN: 
Saxicola leucurus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10870

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