151. Phylloscopus superciliosus

151. Yellow-Browed Warbler.
Phylloscopus superciliosus (Gmel.) Syst. Nat. i. p. 975 (1788) ; Naumann, xiii. pt. ii. p. 74, Taf. 378, figs. 2, 3 ; Gould. B. of Gt. Brit. ii. p. 68 Newton, i. p, 443 ; Dresser, ii. p. 469, pl. 74 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 68 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 409 ; Saunders, p. 61 ; Lilford, iii. p. 70, pl. 35 ; Ph. modestus, auctt. nec. Gould.
Sarnitschka, Ghardshan, Jakutsk.
Male ad. (Siberia). Upper parts olive-green ; under parts yellowish white ; a very indistinct coronal stripe, often absent, greenish grey ; superciliary stripe greenish yellow, well defined ; wings with two distinct bars ; axillaries and under wing-coverts yellow ; bill brown, yellowish white at base of lower mandible ; legs brownish flesh ; iris brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 2.1, tail 1.7, tarsus 0.7 inch ; 1st primary short but 0.25 longer than the wing-coverts and 0.9 shorter than the 2nd which is intermediate between 6th and 7th, 3rd and 4th equal and longest. In the autumn the plumage is greener, and in the summer greyer.
Hab. Siberia from the Ob to the sea of Ochotsk, and from the Tschuktchi peninsula through Central Asia to the Himalayas, wintering on the plains of India. Burma, and south China. On passage it occurs west of the Ural, and has been met with on several occasions in Heligoland, Germany, Austria, and Great Britain.
Frequents groves, bush covered localities and gardens, and is not often seen in the true forest. Its call-note resembles the syllables tiss-yip and the song is a loud double chirp, which can scarcely be called a song but which is continually uttered. The nest is semi-domed, constructed of grass and moss and lined with finer grass, and lined with hair, and is placed on the ground or in a low bush close to the ground. The eggs 5 or 6 in number are white, with reddish brown surface-spots, and a few purplish grey shell-markings, the spots being frequently collected round the larger end. In size they measure about 0.6 by 0.45 inch. The Himalayan bird has been described as distinct (P. humei Brooks) but after a careful examination of a series I cannot endorse this view.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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151. Phylloscopus superciliosus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Phylloscopus inornatus
Vol. 1

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