453. Horornis canturiens.
The Chinese Bush-Warbler.
Arundinax canturians, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1860, p. 52. Cettia canturiens (Swinh.), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 141. Homochlamys canturiens (Swinh.), Hume, S. F. xi, p. 202.
Coloration. In winter the whole upper plumage and the visible portions of the wings and tail are russet-brown, brightest on the head ; sides of the neck browner ; lores and a band behind the eye dusky; a broad, but not very distinct, supercilium buffish white; ear-coverts mixed rufous and whitish ; chin, throat, and middle of abdomen white; breast, sides of the body, and the under tail-coverts buff; thighs greyish brown. In summer the upper plumage is olive-brown, and the lower is paler; but there is considerable variation in these respects.
Bill wood-brown, with the edge of the upper and the whole of the lower mandible pale flesh-colour; inside of mouth chrome-yellow ; iris hazel; legs pale brownish flesh-colour; claws wood-brown, paling on the soles (Swinhoe).
Length about 6.5; tail 3; wing 3; tarsus 1.1 ; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. A single specimen of this species, as recorded by Hume, was obtained at Lakhipur in Cachar. This specimen, now in the Hume Collection, is identical with Chinese birds. The proper habitat of the species is China.