Upper plumage black; forehead, and under parts of the body, white.
M. luctuosa, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 155. Pied Flycatcher, Mont. Orn. Diet, and Supp. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 143. pl. 43*. f. 2, 3. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 206.
Entire length five inches two lines.
(Adult male in summer plumage). All the upper parts, including the tail, deep black; forehead and under parts pure white: wings black; the middle and greater coverts white. (Female). Upper parts grayish brown: the white on the forehead and wings less conspicuous: the three outermost tail-feathers edged with white. (Young male). Upper parts grayish brown: wings black; coverts and scapulars broadly edged with white: tail black; the three outermost feathers edged with white on the exterior web, the white portion gradually decreasing: under parts yellowish white, tinged with brown. (Egg). Uniform pale blue: long. diam. eight lines and a half; trans, diam. six lines and a half.
Found in Yorkshire, and in some other parts of the North during the summer months; but is very local. Is probably a bird of passage. Habits similar to those of the last species.
I. p. 153. White-collared Flycatcher, Gould, Europ. Birds, part 7.
Mr Gould, in his valuable work above referred to, states that he "has seen this species in a collection of British birds, and was informed that it was supposed to have been killed in England." Its claims, however, to a place in our Fauna require to be confirmed by some further authority. The general character of its plumage is very similar to that of the M. luctuosa.