Laticilla burnesii, Blyth.
443. :- Euryeercus burnesii. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 74 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 134.
THE LONG-TAILED REED BIRD.
Length, 6.25 ; wing, 2.13 ; tail, 3.75 ; tarsus, 0.8 ; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill horny above, yellowish beneath ; irides brownish-yellow ; legs yellow-brown.
Above brownish-grey, with dark central streaks, mostly on the scapulars and back ; tail faintly barred; under parts whitish, tinged with fulvescent on the flanks, and a shade of the same on the side of the neck, where also a few mesial streaks are distinct; under tail-coverts ferruginous.
Within our limits, the Long-tailed Reed Bird has only been recorded from Sind, where in certain localities it is by no means uncommon, especially in reed and tamarisk thickets.
It breeds from March to September ; the nest is placed in the centre of a tussock of grassland is composed of coarse grass, lined with finer grass. The eggs, three or four in number, are of a pale-greenish ground color, covered with irregular blotches of purplish-brown, but they vary a good deal. The eggs in my possession average 0.72 inches in length by 0.53 in breadth.