Hypolais rama, Sykes.
553. :- Phyllopneuste rama, Sykes. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 189 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 486 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 407 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 157 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 126.
SYKES TREE WARBLER.
Length, 5 ; expanse, 7.5 ; wing, 2.5 ; tail, 2 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill dusky, fleshy at base below; irides dark-brown ; legs light brown.
Above, uniform light greyish-brown ; below pale or albescent, passing into white on the chin, middle of belly, and vent; lores continued as a slight streak passing over the eye, and the orbital feathers pale.
Sykes' Tree Warbler occurs more or less commonly in all parts of the Presidency. In Sind it is a permanent resident, breeding from March to July. The nest is placed in the centre of a dense stunted tamarisk or other bush, and is composed externally of coarse grass, lined with soft sedges and finer grass. The eggs, four in number, are broadish ovals, white, with brown spots and hair¬like lines twined around the large end. They average 0.61 inches in length by 0.49 in breadth.