165. Aedon familiaris

165. GREY-BACKED WARBLER.
AEDON FAMILIARIS.
Aedon familiaris, (Menetr.) Cat. Rais. p. 32 (1832) ; Dresser, ii, p. 553, pl. 85, fig. 2 ; Pleske, Orn. Ross. ii. p. 148 ; (Seebohm), Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 36 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 351.
Kamyschevy-Solovei Russ. ; Rusignuolo levantino, Ital.
Male ad. (Asia Minor). Differs from Aedon galactodes in having the upper parts much greyer, being greyish brown, not rufous brown, the central tail-feathers dull dark greyish brown, the under parts paler and greyer, and the first primary rather shorter. Culmen 0.75, wing 3.4, tail 2.75, tarsus 1.0 inch ; first primary fully 0.1 less than the coverts and the second 0.5 less than the third.
Hab. Greece, Asia Minor, the Caucasus, Persia, Turkestan, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan, and winters in Sind and Rajpootana ; has strayed as far west as Heligoland, and occurs though rarely in Italy.
In general habits it resembles A. galactodes, frequents the same localities ; and its song differs but little; its call-note is said to be tack, tack. It breeds in May or June, placing its nest in a low tree near the trunk, not high above the ground and occasionally on the ground itself. It is carelessly built of plant-stems, and lined with wool, cotton, feathers, and always contains a piece of serpent’s skin. The eggs 4 to 6, usually 5 in number, closely resemble those of A. galactodes but are paler, and are subject to considerable variation.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
165. Aedon familiaris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
165
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
115
Common name: 
Grey Backed Warbler
M_ID: 
24013
M_CN: 
Grey-backed Camaroptera
M_SN: 
Camaroptera brevicaudata
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10315

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