456. Cettia orientalis

456. Cettia orientalis.

The Eastern Bush-Warbler.

Cettia (Potamodus) orientalis, Tristram, Ibis, 1867, p. 79. Cettia sericea (Natt.), Hume, S. F. i, p. 192 (1873): Brooks, Ibis, 1884, p. 237. Cettia cettioides, Hume, S. F. i, p. 194 (1873). Cettia albiventris, Severtz. Turkest. Jevotn. pp. 66, 131 (1873); id. S. F. iii, p. 424. Cettia scalenura, Severtz. Turkest. Jevotn. pp. 66, 131 (1873); id. S. F. iii, p. 424. Cettia stoliczkae, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 520 (1874), iii, p. 415 (1875). Cettia cetti, apud Hume, S. F. iv, p. 41. Bradyptetus cetti (Marm.), Hume, Cat. no. 518 ter. Cettia cetti (Marm.), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 135 (part.).

Coloration. Upper plumage reddish brown; wings and tail edged with the same; a short supercilium and round the eye fulvous white ; lores dusky; chin, throat, breast, and abdomen white ; remainder of the lower plumage greyish brown ; the under tail-coverts tipped with whitish.

Legs and feet brown, dark on the joints and tips of claws ; bill dark horny brown, paler on the lower mandible; iris brown (Hume).

Length about 6 ; tail 2.5 to 2.9 ; wing 2.4 to 2.9 ; tarsus .85; bill from gape .7.

This species differs from the Cettia cetti of Europe in being conspicuously paler above and in being much larger.

Distribution. Sind only, in India. Barnes states that Hume obtained the bird in the mangrove-swamps of the Karachi harbour, but I cannot find that Hume ever noted it from this locality. All the specimens that I have examined in his collection were procured at or near Larkhana, as appears from the labels attached to the birds. C. orientalis ranges northwards to Turkestan, and westwards to Palestine.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
456. Cettia orientalis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Eastern Bush Warbler
Cettia cetti orientalis
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