195. Cettia canturians

Cettia canturians (Swinhoe) Ibis, 1860, p. 52 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. v. p. 141 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 438 ; Pleske, Orn. Ross. ii. p. 644, Taf. iv. fig. 3 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 230 ; Homochlamys luscinia ; Salvad. Att. Accad. Sc. For. v p. 511 (1870).
Male ad. (China). Upper parts wings and tail russet brown, on the back tinged with olivaceous ; supercilium indistinct, buffy white ; under parts white, the breast, flanks, and under tail-coverts pale buffy brown ; bill above brown, below flesh colour ; legs pale brownish flesh ; iris hazel. Culmen 0.7, wing 3.0, tail 2.95, tarsus 1.1 inch ; first quill about half the length of the second, which is about equal to the secondaries, fourth and fifth about equal and longest. Sexes alike. In the autumn the upper parts are more russet in tinge, and the under parts are rather darker. The young resemble the adult in autumn dress, but the colouration of the plumage is more pronounced.
Hab. North China and the Ussuri country as far north as Lake Hanka, and winters in southern China.
It avoids the plains even where there is tree growth, and affects mountain districts where black birches grow, on the precipices which are covered with under-brush. Its alarm-note resembles the syllable tek frequently repeated, and its song though loud, is short and abrupt, and sounds as if the bird never did more than commence its song. It places its nest in a bush-covered ravine either on the ground or in a bush close to the ground. The nest resembles that of Savi’s Warbler, but is deeper and not so wide, and is constructed of broader flags. The eggs resemble those of Cettia cettii, though rather darker, and are either unspotted or finely spotted with small spots scarcely darker than the ground colour, which occasionally form a wreath round the larger end. In size they average about 0.78 by 0.6.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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195. Cettia canturians
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Chinese Bush Warbler
Horornis diphone canturians
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