178. Lusciniola fuscata

178. Dusky Warbler.
Lusciniola fuscata, (Blyth), J.A.S. Beng. xi. p. 113 (1842) ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 127 ; Pleske, Orn. Ross. ii. p. 398 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 405.
Male (E. Siberia). Upper parts wings and tail brown, the wings and tail margined exteriorly with olivaceous brown ; supercilium buffy white ; cheeks and ear-coverts brown and pale buff intermixed ; underparts white tinged with buff ; the breast, flanks, axillaries, and under tail-coverts buff ; bill dusky brown ; the lower mandible yellowish except at the tip ; legs dusky flesh ; iris brown. Culmen 0.49, wing 2.45, tail 2.25, tarsus 0.9 inch ; first primary 0.8 long. second-intermediate between the 9th and 10th. After the autumn moult the upper parts are richer brown ; the supercilium buff ; and the breast, flanks, and under tail-coverts rich deep buff.
Hab. Northern Asia from the valley of the Yenesei to the Pacific Ocean, and Japan, China and Mongolia on passage, and winters in Southern China, Assam, Burma, Bengal, and the N. W. Provinces of India east of the longitude of Etawah.
Frequents low bushes on the plains and at low altitudes in the hills especially in damp localities, and is as a rule not shy. Its alarm-note resembles the syllables tscheck-tscheck, tscheck, and its song is simple though loud, and may be heard throughout the summer till the young are fledged. It breeds in June, and its nest, which is placed on the ground or in a low bush within a couple of feet from the ground, is oven-shaped with the entrance hole in the side, constructed of dry grasses and moss, and well lined with feathers. The eggs 4 to 6, usually 5 in number, are pure white, rather pointed at the smaller end, and in size average about 16.6 by 12.5 millimetres. (0.65 by 0.49 inch). The Cuckoo very frequently deposits its eggs in the nests of this Warbler.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
178. Lusciniola fuscata
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Dusky Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Phylloscopus fuscatus
Vol. 1

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