Genus AEDON

The genus Aedon is represented in India by. one species, which is a somewhat rare winter visitor and confined at that season to the dry parts of the north-west. It is more richly coloured than most of the Warblers, the chestnut and white on the tail rendering it conspicuous. It is a bird of restricted migration. The bill is about half the Length of the head, slender and similar in shape to that of Locustella (fig. 113). The forehead is clothed with short thick-set feathers and there are no supplementary bristles; this character, and the longer wing and foot, separate the species from Sylvia, in which Seebohm places it. The tail is very ample and much rounded.

The Grey-backed Warbler frequents gardens, fields, and low jungle and feeds a good deal on the ground, as might be expected in a bird with so comparatively long a tarsus. This Warbler and its European ally, A. galactodes, were at one time considered to be aquatic in their Habits, and in this respect to resemble the Grasshopper- and Reed-Warblers, but they are now known to be rather addicted to dry localities. They construct a cup-shaped nest in bushes and low trees and lay four or five eggs, grey marked with brown. The Indian species is not likely to be found breeding in any part of the Empire.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus AEDON
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
350
M_ID: 
24006
M_SN: 
Camaroptera
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
501

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