The genus Laticilla contains two Indian species characterized by very large tails. It is not certain whether their spring moult is complete, but the tail is certainly moulted and differs in Length at the two seasons. The upper plumage is streaked in both species.
These birds frequent reeds and grass, and Hume describes the Sind species as being the greatest skulker he knows of after Cettia orientalis.
The bill is about half the Length of the head, there are three rictal bristles, and the members of this genus agree with all other Reed-birds in having no supplementary hairs, and in having the frontal feathers short and smooth. The wing is very short and rounded, the first primary large, and the next three graduated; the tail is very long and greatly graduated.
Key to the Species.
a. Under tail-coverts dark ferruginous………………… L. burnesi, p. 380.
b. Under tail-coverts greyish white like abdomen………………… L. cinerascens, p. 381.