Pratincola indica

Pratincola indica, Blyth.

483. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 124 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 475 ; P. maura, Pall.: Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 404; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, p. 124.


Length, 5.25; wing, 2.75 ; tail, 1.75; tarsus, 0.9; bill at front, 0.38.

Bill black ; irides deep-brown; legs black.

The male in summer plumage has the whole head and neck, back, wings, and tail black, the back and wings edged with pale rufous; wing-spot, rump, and upper tail-coverts, white; breast and lower parts bright ferruginous, deep on the breast, paler on the flanks and belly and albescent on the vent and under tail-coverts ; a demi-collar of white almost meets on the nape, dividing the back of the head and neck.

In winter plumage the black is almost replaced by earthy brown ; the rump and tail-coverts are ferruginous-brown ; the lores, ear-coverts, and chin, however, are always more or less black; the white wing-spot is less prominent; the whole lower parts are dull ferruginous, albescent on the under tail-coverts, and the demi-collar is deficient or rusty.

The female resembles the male in winter dress, being brown above, margined with paler brown, and rufescent towards the the tail; but the chin and throat are white, and there is a white supercilium. The wing-spot too is a little sullied.

The Indian Bush or Whinchat is a common winter visitant to all parts of the district, appearing about the commencement of September.

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 indica
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Indian Bushchat
Saxicola maurus indicus
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