190. Locustella ochotensis

190. Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler.
Locustella ochotensis, (Midd.) Sib. Reise. ii. p. 185. pl. 16 fig. 7 and 8. (1853) ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 113 ; Pleske, Orn. Ross. ii. p. 591, taf. iv. figs. 1, 2 ; L. subcerthiola, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1874 p. 154 ; A blakistoni, id. Ibis, 1876, p. 332, pl. viii ; A dybowskii, Ridg. Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. vi. p. 92.
Shima-senniu Jap.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Upper parts wings and tail russet brown obscurely marked with light brown, except on the upper wing coverts and inner secondaries where the markings are stronger ; supercilium narrow and obscure ; outer tail-feathers with a subterminal blackish band, and tipped with dull white ; underparts white, the breast, flanks and undertail-overts washed with brownish buff ; bill dark horn, yellowish at the base of the lower mandible ; legs pale rusty brown ; iris brown. Culmen 0.7, wing 2.72, tail 2.3, tarsus 0.95 inch, first quill very small, second about equal to the fourth, third longest. Sexes alike ; the young bird has the upper parts darker, the under parts washed with buffy yellow, and the throat and breast with indistinct darker markings.
Hab. The shores of the sea of Ochotsk, Kamchatka, the Kuriles and Bering’s island, passing through Japan on migra¬tion, and wintering in the Malay archipelago.
It inhabits willow bushes and thickets in damp places, and is said to sing chiefly at night, uttering a song which is said to resemble the sharpening of a scythe, and is syllabled as witsche, witsche, witsche, witsche. It builds on the ground, amongst the grass, an open, cup-shaped nest of dried grass lined with feathers, and deposits in June 5 or 6 eggs, pale rose-coloured, unspotted, but marked with one or two fine blackish lines at the larger end, which sometimes form a wreath. In size they average about 0.8 by 0.57.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
190. Locustella ochotensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler
Locustella ochotensis
Vol. 1

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