386. Laticilla burnesi.
The Long-tailed Grass-Warbler.
Eurycercus burnesii, Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xiii, p. 374 (1844) ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 74. Sphenaeacus burnesii (Blyth), Blyth, Cat. p. 140. Laticilla burnesi (Blyth), Hume, S. F. i, p. 180; Butler, S. F. vii, pp. 182, 191; Hume, Cat. no. 443; Doig, S. F. viii, p. 373 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 119; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 184; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 247.
The Long-tailed Reed-bird, Jerd.; Hidela, Sind.
Coloration. Lores, a ring round the eye, and a narrow supercilium white ; sides of the head and cheeks white, or pale rufescent streaked with black; forehead, crown, nape, hind neck, sides of the neck, and the whole back and scapulars rufous-brown broadly streaked with black, and the rufous brighter on the mantle; rump and upper tail-coverts olive-brown, with obsolete shaft-streaks ; tail olive-brown, darker along the shafts, the laterals tipped with fulvous ; wing-coverts olive-brown with darker centres; quills with the outer webs olive-brown; chin, throat, middle of breast and abdomen white ; sides of the breast and abdomen olivaceous, streaked with brown ; under tail-coverts dark ferruginous.
Bill brown above, pale straw below ; legs, feet, and iris brown (Butler).
Length up to 7.5; tail in winter up to 4.3, in summer 3.7; wing 2.2 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .65.
Distribution. Upper Sind from the junction of the Chenab and Indus rivers to Larkha'na, and also on the Eastern Nara, where Doig found this species breeding. Jerdon records it from Monghyr on the Ganges in March.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to September, constructing a nest in a tussock of grass. The nest, the shape of which is not described by Doig, but which, judging from his dimensions, is cup-shaped, is composed of coarse grass lined with finer materials. The eggs, three in number, are pale green blotched with purplish brown, and measure .72 by .54.