796(a). Aeroeephalus stentoreus merldlonalis

(796 a) Acrocephalus stentoreus meridionalis Legge.
THE CEYLON GREAT REED-WARBLER.
Calamodyta meridionalis Legge, Str. Feath., vol. iii, p. 369 : Ceylon, 1875.
Acrocephalus stentoreus margaritoe Wait, B. of Ceylon, 2nd ed. p. 87.
Wait was good enough to send me home for examination a series of six skins of this race and, on comparison with amyoe and brunnes¬cens, it appeared to be almost exactly intermediate. I informed Wait that it appeared to me to be a good race, but I unfortunately omitted to remind him that it already had a name. It is, therefore, my fault that the synonym margaritoe has been created.
Wait sums up the various existing notes on this bird, plus his own experiences, as follows :—
“A resident among bulrush beds in swamps and tanks here and there in the dry zone in the low country. Its presence is generally detected by its harsh grating note, which is of great volume for the size of the bird. It is said to have a pleasing song in the breeding season. It is of very skulking habits, keeping mainly among the lower stems of the rushes and seldom showing itself. The food consists of flies and small insects. The breeding season is from June to August, and possibly also about March. The nest is a fairly deep cup of grass and strips of rush-blades, lined with finer materials and wedged in among bulrush stems, to which the outer wall of the nest is attached. The two or three eggs are of pale greenish-grey, at times almost white, rather thickly but irregularly marked with blotches and spots of black and yellowish-brown, with underlying markings of greyish-purple. Average size of eight Ceylon eggs .81 x .60 inches” (=about 20.6 x 15.2 mm.).

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
796(a). Aeroeephalus stentoreus merldlonalis
Spp Author: 
Legge.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
796
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
356
Common name: 
Ceylon Great Reed-warbler
M_ID: 
23192
M_SN: 
Acrocephalus stentoreus meridionalis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13935

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