824. Cisticola exilis equicaudata

(824) Cisticola exilis equicaudata Stuart Baker.
Cisticola, exilis equicaudata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 422.
This race of Fantail-Warbler is found in South and Central Burma and South and Central Siam to the Malay Straits. It is a bird of the plains and foot-hills up to about 3,000 feet and, like others of its species, keeps much to wide expanses of grass-land.
The only records of its breeding I can find are those of Oates in Pegu and of Herbert in Siam. The former writes (‘Birds of Burma,’ vol. i, p. 118):—“The Golden-headed Grass-Warbler occurs plentifully in the plain lying near the Pegu Canal and also along the embankment running from Myetkyo to the Tounghoo Road. It is not universally distributed over the plain, but occurs in a few places only.
“The breeding season commences in May.”
In Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs’ Oates adds that “the nest is a small bag about 4 inches in height and 2 or 3 in diameter, with an opening about an inch in diameter near the top. It is composed entirely of the white feathery flowers of the thatch-grass. The walls of the nest are very thin but strong. The nest is placed about one foot from the ground in a bunch of grass, and, in the two instances where I found it, against a weed, with one or two leaves of which the materials of the nest were slightly bound.”
Herbert, who found nests in the grass near the race-course at Samkok, describes them as just like those of C. cursitans.
Mackenzie found it breeding in Prome, and there, also, the nest is said to resemble the purse-shaped, or oval-shaped, nest of C. juncidis cursitans.
The eggs apparently number four or five, though in one clutch of five in my collection, taken in Perak, the eggs have obviously been laid by two birds.
Most of the eggs above referred to, and now in my series, are just like those of C. e. tytleri, but two clutches from Herbert are very pale grey-blue in colour, only faintly flecked with pale reddish. Two others taken by Mackenzie have a glossy white ground, freely marked with small blotches of red-brown.
In shape, texture etc. the eggs agree with those of the preceding bird.
Thirty-seven eggs average 14.9 x 11.2 mm. : maxima 16.2 x 12.1 mm. ; minima 13.2 x 11.0 and 14.0 x 10.8 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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