Pratincola macrorhyncha

Pratincola macrorhyncha, Stol.

485bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 138.


Length, 6 ; wing, 3 ; tail, 2.12 ; tarsus, 0.93; bill at front, 0.7. Bill black ; irides brown ; legs black.

Adult male : a broad stripe over the eyes and over the greater portion of the ear-coverts white, with a slight buffy tinge; lower parts of the lores dusky; chin, throat, and entire lower parts, including lower tail-coverts and tibial plumes, white with a yellowish tinge and a very feeble rufescent tinge on breast and flanks; wing-lining and axillaries pure white, the former slightly mottled with dusky; forehead, crown, occiput, nape, back and scapulars light sandy-buff, striated longitudinally with hair-brown; rump and upper tail-coverts white, most of the feathers tinged towards their tip with pale rusty-buff; primaries and secondaries hair-brown, margined on the outer webs with light buff and tipped with yellowish-white, the primaries more narrowly, the secondaries more broadly; tertiary greater-coverts, or perhaps they should be called lower-scapulars, white ; tertiaries and greater and median secondary-coverts deep brown, broadly margined with pale, more or less refuscent buff; entire visible portion of lesser-coverts pale sandy-buff; edge of wing and outer webs of earlier greater primary-coverts pure white; tail hair-brown, all the feathers margined on the outer webs with sandy-buff or light yellowish-brown; the outer Web of the outermost feather almost entirely of this color; all the feathers, except the central pair, with almost the entire inner webs, white, the outermost pair have an irregular subterminal brown band from 0'2 to 03 inch wide on this web, but the rest have only a small patch of brown near the shaft close to the tip, the pair next the centre have the patch rather larger; there are traces of a dark streak from the base of the lower mandible down either sides of the throat, expanding on the sides of the breast; doubtless in breeding plumage this streak and patch are black or blackish.

The female is rather smaller and shows the dark streak and patch much less.

Occurs in Sind, but is not common.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Pratincola macrorhyncha
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Stolickzas Bushchat
White-browed Bush Chat
Saxicola macrorhynchus

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