Cisticola cursitans

Cisticola cursitans, Frankl.

539. :- Cisticola schoenicola, Bonaparte. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 174; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 481; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 407; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 152.

THE RUFOUS GRASS WARBLER.

Length, 4.5; wing, 2.12; tail, 1.86 ; tarsus, 0.75. Bill dusky-brown above, fleshy beneath; irides pale olive-brown.

Above rufous-brown, all the feathers broadly centred dark-brown ; rump plain rufous; quills dusky, narrowly edged with brown; tail with the two central feathers pale brown, darker in the middle, and pale tipped; the others all dark-brown, deeper towards the end, and with a broad whitish tip ; plumage beneath rufescent-white, nearly pure white on the chin and throat, and more rufescent on the flanks; tail beneath cinereous at the base, then pale rufous, with a black bar, and a broad white tip, in some uniform dusky-cinereous.

The Rufous Grass Warbler is a common permanent resident in most portions of our limits, and breeds during the monsoon. It makes a long tubular nest, composed of soft white vegetable down, in the centre of a clump of grass, a short distance only from the ground. The eggs, usually five in number, are oval in shape, white or greenish-white in color, thickly speckled with tiny spots of reddish-brown. These spots often show a tendency to form a zone around the larger end.

They measure 0.58 in length by 0.46 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cisticola cursitans
Spp Author: 
Frankl.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
217
Common name: 
Rufous Grass Warbler
M_ID: 
23683
M_SN: 
Cisticola juncidis cursitans
Term name: 
id: 
11681

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