844. Hippolais languida

(844) Hippolais languida (Hemp.).
THE LARGE, or UPCHER’S, TREE-WARBLER.
Hippolais languida, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 445.
The breeding range of this Tree-Warbler is from Syria and Palestine to Baluchistan (Quetta), Afghanistan and Turkestan.
Meinertzhagen recorded this Warbler as a breeding bird in Quetta (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxiii, p. 362, 1918) and later (ibid. vol. xxxiii, p. 600, 1929) Wilhams writes on the breeding of this bird as follows :—
“Though very little has been recorded about this Warbler or its interesting habits, in Baluchistan I have found it very far from uncommon upon the stunted bush-covered stony hill-sides of the Quetta Valley. It is a rather silent bird and, in consequence, its presence is often overlooked or, if seen, it is mistaken for the previous bird. It is a much later breeder than any of the other Warblers ; the earliest date a nest was found was the 15th May and I was very unfortunate in being able to find only four nests which contained eggs. One of these contained an addled egg with two young ones, another egg was taken from a nest which was deserted after it was first found, no more eggs being laid, and the other two nests con¬tained two and three eggs respectively.
“The birds are very shy and we found that they deserted their nests on the slightest provocation, whether the eggs were laid or not.
“The nest itself it a neat little cup, made principally of grass, the lining being of fine grass-stems, while the outside is well plastered and matted with cobweb. The nest is generally placed in small, close-growing branches of stunted thorny bushes.
“The eggs are moderately long ovals, slightly pointed at one end ; the ground-colour is a pale pinkish, sparsely marked with fairly bold blotches and clots of black. The shell is fine, very fragile, and slightly glossy."
Williams found them breeding in May and June and sent me a few notes in addition to the above. One nest was in a conspicuous position, being in among the branches, 3 feet from the ground and 8 inches below the bushy green top. This nest had been begun on the 9th May and contained the first egg on the 16th, and, when visited again on the 27th, had two eggs in the nest and a third lying broken on the ground outside.
I think I should call the eggs a rosy grey ; they are never the deep rosy red grey of H. scita while, on the other hand, they have more of the rosy grey tint than any of the other species which occur in our limits.
Three eggs given me by Major Wilhams measure 18.2 x 13.7, 18.3 x 13.3 and 18.0 x 13.0 mm.
Twenty-eight eggs, excluding the above three, average 18.9 x 13.6 mm. : maxima 19.9 x 14.5 mm. ; minima 17.6 x 13.1 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
844. Hippolais languida
Spp Author: 
Hemp.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
844
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
403
Common name: 
Upchers Warbler
M_ID: 
23296
M_CN: 
Upcher's Warbler
M_SN: 
Hippolais languida
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13971

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