Pratincola leucurus, Blyth.
484. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 126 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 140.
THE WHITE-TAILED BUSHCHAT.
Length, 5 ; wing, 2.5 ; tail, 2 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.45. Bill black ; irides brown ; legs black.
Male. :- Above black, with the usual white wing-patch; the breast bright rufous in the centre; sides of neck, breast, and lower parts pure white; the four outer tail-feathers wholly white on their inner webs, except the tip of the two outermost ; and the pair next the centrals (which are wholly black) have the greater portion of the inner web also white.
The female i s brown above, the feathers edged paler, with a smaller white wing-spot, but no white on the tail; beneath earthy-white, tinged rufous on the breast.
In winter the dorsal feathers are more or less edged with brown.
The White-tailed Bushchat is a winter visitant to Sind; it does not occur elsewhere within our limits.