377. Lusciniola melanopogon.
The Moustached Sedge-Warbler.
Sylvia melanopogon, Temm. Pl. Col. pi. 245, f. 2 (1823). Lusciniola melanopogon (Temm.), Hume, S. F. i, p. 190; id. Cat. no. 518 bis; Reid, S. F. x, p. 44 ; Seebohm, Cat, B. M. v, p. 132; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 211.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape black, edged with rufous-brown ; hind neck, back, and scapulars rufous-brown, streaked with dark brown ; rump and upper tail-coverts plain rufous-brown ; wings and tail brown, edged with rufous-brown ; lores and under the eye dark brown ; a white supercilium from the nostrils to the nape; ear-coverts mixed rufous and white; chin, throat, and abdomen white; remainder of lower plumage very pale buff; axillaries and under wing-coverts white.
Bill deep greenish brown above, below lighter and fleshy at base; legs, feet, and claws greenish brown; iris brown (Bingham).
Length about 6; tail 2.3 ; wing 2.5; tarsus .85; bill from gape .65.
Distribution. Sind, and eastwards near Delhi, Etawah, and Lucknow, in swamps and reed-beds on the margins of lakes and rivers. This bird is probably a resident in all these places, although no one appears to have procured it in the summer. It extends westward into Europe.