Drymoipus rufescens, Hume.
544bis. :- Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 484 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 407.
THE GREAT RUFOUS WREN WARBLER.
Length, 6.45 to 7.2 ; expanse, 7.1 to 8 ; tail, 3.3 to 3.9 ; wing, 2.3 ; tarsus, 0.9 to 0.95; bill at front, 0.5 to 0.53.
Bill blackish-horny, fleshy at base of lower mandible; irides from brown to deep yellow; legs fleshy to reddish-brown.
Whole upper surface, including tail, and greater median-coverts, tertiaries, and outer webs of primaries and secondaries, rich rufous-brown in full" plumage, dull, or earthy-brown, more or less tinged or overlaid with rufous in young birds; tail very distinctly and finely, but obsoletely barred, much less distinctly however in some specimens than in others ; all the feathers, except the central ones, narrowly tipped with fulvous-white, with a more or less distinct penultimate dusky bar; the young birds with a good deal of white on the inner webs of the lateral feathers, which is entirely wanting in adults.
In some of the adults, the dark subterminal bar becomes almost obsolete; lores and a stripe over the eye fulvous white; ear-coverts, sides of neck, and breast, and sometimes some of the lesser wing-coverts about the carpal joint, a greenish or greyish-brown ; the ear-coverts at times more or less mottled with fulvous-white; lower parts pale fulvous, or buffy, albescent on the chin and throat and middle of abdomen, tinged at times on the breast with grey, more purely buff on lower tail-coverts and wing-lining, and more rufescent on tibial plumes ; inner webs of primaries and secondaries hair-brown. The young birds are much paler and more albescent on the lower surface.
The Great Rufous Wren Warbler occurs at Mahableshwar, Ratnagiri, and probably all along the Sahyadri Range ; it is not uncommon at Aboo and Deesa. It has not been recorded from any other portion of our limits. Drymoipus rufescens equals D. insignis in winter plumage.