835. Graminicola bengalensis striata

(835) Graminicola bengalensis striata Styan.
Graminicola bengalensis striata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 434.
So far this Grass-Warbler has only been recorded from Hainan, Siam and Tenasserim, and Delacour in his many visits to the inter¬vening Indo-Chinese countries has not met with it.
No European has taken its nest and eggs but Herbert had many brought to him in Siam, and I have no doubt that they are quite authentic, nor can I suggest any other bird to which they could possibly belong. Herbert writes:—“This is one of the instances where I failed to get authentic information of the nest. I had two eggs brought me in 1910 and two in 1914, but at that time I only knew the bird by the Siamese name. In 1915 I sent out instructions to find nests, which, were to be reported to me so that I could visit them. Two at Samkok were reported at the end of June but, when I arrived there, both neats had been taken, for safety it was said, and they were handed to me with the eggs. I went to the site of the first nest, which was a high clump of grass ; the nest was cup-shaped and deep, but had been badly pulled about ; the materials were coarse grasses on the outside, with fine grass for the lining. The other nest was reported to have been built in a small bush which was overgrown with grass. The time for eggs is June and early July.”
The eggs given me by Herbert with the whole of his beautiful collection are from seven nests taken between the 5th June and 20th July, but four of these are incomplete clutches ; of the other three, one nest contained four eggs and the two other nests three eggs each.
Most of the eggs have a pale pink ground and are profusely speckled and spotted with reddish ; in all the marks are more numerous at the larger end and in some they form rings or caps. One pair has a white ground, with bold rings of coalescing red-brown spots at the larger end, in one egg a fair number of specks being distributed over the rest of the egg but in the others very few. Another pair has a pink ground, densely covered with tiny pale purplish specks, thickest at the large end. These latter are very like my eggs of G. b. bengalensis.
The eggs are broad ovals in shape, the texture not very fine and the surface dull, only the two eggs with the white ground showing any gloss.
Seventeen eggs average 19.0 x 15.0 mm. : maxima 20.8 x 15.3 and 20.3 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 18.0 x 14.8 and 18.3 x 14.1 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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835. Graminicola bengalensis striata
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Siam Large Grass Warbler
Chinese Grassbird
Graminicola striatus
Vol. 2

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