362. Locustella straminea.
The Turkestan Grasshopper-Warbler.
Acridiornis straminea, Severtz. Turkest. Jevotn. p. 66 (1873) (descr. nulla). Locustella certhiola (Pall.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 159. Locustella hendersoni (Cass.), Butler, S. F. iii, p. 479; Cripps, S. F. vii, p. 284 ; Hume, Cat. no. 520; Butler, S. F. ix, p. 406; Reid, S. F. x, p. 44; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 213. Locustella straminea (Severtz.), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 117.
The Lesser Feed- Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage olive-brown, each feather with a central dark brown or black spot; wings brown, edged with olive-brown ; tail brown, faintly edged with olive-brown and tipped paler, obsoletely cross-rayed; lores and an indistinct supercilium buffy white; ear-coverts brownish; chin, throat, and middle of abdomen whitish ; remainder of lower plumage ochraceous ; under tail-coverts streaked with brown.
Upper mandible dark brown; lower mandible, legs, and feet fleshy; iris light brown (Bingham).
Length about 5.5 ; tail 2 ; wing 2.3; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .6; the second primary is shorter than the sixth, but longer than the fourth.
Distribution. A winter visitor to the plains of India. I have examined specimens from Delhi, Etawah, Cawnpore, Native Sikhim, the Bhutan Doars, Asansol, Deesa, Belgaum, and Coiinbatore. All these were killed from April to September, except the specimen from Native Sikhim, which was procured in June. It is, therefore, probable that L. straminea may pass the summer and breed there. Cripps records this species from Burreedpore, but I have not had an opportunity of examining the specimen referred to by him.
The summer-quarters of this bird are not known with any certainty.