359. Aedon familiaris.
The Grey-backed Warbler.
Sylvia familiaris, Menetr. Cat. Mais. Caue, p. 32 (1832) ; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 36. Aedon familiaris (Menetr.), Butler Hume, S. F. iii, p. 476; Blanf. S. F. v, p. 246 ; Butler, S. F. vii, p. 183; Hume, Cat. no. 402 ter; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 205.
Coloration. Upper plumage fulvous-brown, the sides of the crown more or less dusky ; lower rump and upper tail-coverts chestnut-brown ; middle pair of tail-feathers various - sometimes chestnut with the basal half of the inner web and the tip of the outer brown, sometimes chestnut on the basal third of both webs and brown on the remainder, in other cases the chestnut and brown vary in extent; the next two pairs chestnut, with a large subterminal black patch ; the remainder the same but with broad white tips in addition; wings brown, edged with pale sandy brown; lores and a patch behind the eye blackish; a distinct buffish-white supercilium from the nostril to the nape; a similar band under the eye followed below by a dusky streak; the whole lower plumage very pale vinaceous.
Legs and feet dusky fleshy; bill horny above, pale below; iris dark brown (Hume).
Length about 7; tail 2.7; wing 3.4; tarsus 1; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. A winter visitor to the dry parts of the north-west of India, where this species has been procured at Karachi and Kotri in August, at Jodhpore in September, and at Deesa in August, September, and October. It will probably be found in the Punjab. It passes the summer in Persia, Afghanistan, and Turkestan, and probably many of the birds do not migrate at all from these countries. It extends into Europe.