182. Lusciniola melanopogon

182. MOUSTACHED WARBLER.
LUSCINIOLA MELANOPOGON.
Lusciniola melaanopogon, (Temm.) Pl. col. 245, fig. 2 (1823) ; (Naumann,), xiii. p. 456, Taf. 370, fig. 3 ; Dresser, ii. p. 605, pl. 90, fig. 1 ; Seebohm, Oat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 132 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 369.
Male ad. (Egypt). Crown and nape blackish edged with rufous brown ; upper parts rufous brown streaked with dark brown ; rump and upper tail-coverts plain rufous brown ; wings and tail brown externally margined with rufous brown ; under parts under wing-coverts and axillaries white ; the breast and Hanks washed with buff ; superciliary stripe white and broad ; bill dark greenish brown above, lower mandible paler and fleshy at the base ; legs greenish brown ; iris brown. Culmen 0.52, wing 2.2, tail 2.1, tarsus 0.72 inch : first quill 0.3 longer than the coverts, and 0.85 shorter than the second, which is 0.2 shorter than the 3rd which is about equal to the 4th and 5th.
Hab. Both sides of the Mediterranean as far north as central Prance, eastward through Asia Minor, the Caucasus, and Transcaspia to Persia and Turkestan, and in winter to India, In south Europe and north Africa it is a resident.
Frequents damp and marshy localities, especially dense reed-beds, where the herbage is so dense that it is difficult to work one’s way through it, and being shy and unobtrusive it is most difficult to obtain this bird, for it creeps through the tangled herbage with the greatest ease, and but rarely ventures into the open. Its note is described as being a jarring sound.
It nests in Hungary and on the lower Volga in April and May. The nest is carefully concealed in bunches of, and amongst the roots of reeds, and is constructed of flat grasses and roots, and the eggs 4 to 5 in number resemble those of the Sedge-Warbler, but have a somewhat greener ground colour and are minutely spotted all over the surface with brown. In size they measure about 0.72 by 0.53.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
182. Lusciniola melanopogon
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
182
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
128
Common name: 
Moustached Warbler
M_ID: 
23244
M_CN: 
Moustached Warbler
M_SN: 
Acrocephalus melanopogon
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10570

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