Laticilla Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiv, p. 596 (1845). Type, L. burnesi (Blyth).
The genus Laticilla contains two Indian species characterized by their very long-tails. They have a Spring moult, during which the tail and wing feathers are moulted and a shorter tail is acquired. The plumage is strongly streaked.
The bill is about halt" the length of the head; there are three rictal bristles and, like ail the other genera of Reed-Warblers, there are no supplementary hairs and the frontal feathers are short and smooth. The wing is very short and rounded, the first primary large and the next three graduated. The tail is very long, especially in Winter and is strongly graduated.
Key to Species.
A.Under tail-coverts dark ferruginous…………….L. burnesi, p. 430.
B. Under tail-coverts greyish white like the
abdomen L. cinerascens, p. 431.