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Motacilla maderaspatensis
Adult
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal lake, Alt. 5000 ft., Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2015

Identification

21–24 cm (8-9½ in)
Male

  • Black glossy upperparts, head and breast
  • White supercilium
  • Large white wingbar
  • White underparts

Female: less glossy than the male
Juvenile: brownish-grey where the adult is black

Juvenile
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal lake, Alt. 5000 ft., Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2015

Distribution

India (except Thar Desert and North-East), northern Pakistan, lowlands of Bhutan and Nepal and Bangladesh.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
The scientific name is also spelled madaraspatensis.

Habitat

Open freshwater wetland habitats, especially with rocks and stones; it has adapted well to urban areas.

Behaviour

Breeding

They build a cup-shaped nest in a hole in a wall or bank. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

Diet

The diet includes insects, especially grasshoppers and dragonflies.

Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Pong Dam Lake Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, India, Jan-2011
Bird foraging and calling, 7.30 am.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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