424. Acanthopneuste magnirostris.
The Large-billed Willow-Warbler.
Phylloscopus magnirostris, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 966 (1843); Horsf. & M. Cat, i, p. 336; Jerd B. I. ii, p. 191; Brooks, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 79, xliii, pt. ii, p. 247 ; id. S. F. iii, p. 243 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 352; Hume, Cat. no. 556; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 553; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 47 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 82 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 228.
The Large-billed Tree- Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Upper plumage very dark olive-green, darker on the head; wing-coverts and wings brown, edged with olive-green; the median coverts with small, and the greater coverts with large, yellowish-white tips, forming two wing-bars ; tail brown, edged with olive-green on the outer webs, and tipped paler beneath ; eye-streak, well defined and reaching to the nape, yellowish white; lores and feathers behind the eye brown ; ear-coverts yellowish white, suffused with brown; lower plumage pale yellow, suffused with grey on the breast and flanks; axillaries and under wing-coverts greyish yellow.
In summer the plumage becomes duller.
Irides earth-brown; legs carneous; claws and feet yellowish white ; bill horny (Cripps).
Length 5.4; tail 2.2; wing 2.7; tarsus .75; bill from gape .65; the second primary is intermediate in Length between the seventh and eighth; the first primary is very large, being about .7 inch long.
Distribution. A winter visitor to India, not found in Sind, the Punjab, Rajputana, or Guzerat, but ranging south to Ceylon, and eastward to Shillong, whence I have seen a specimen killed in August. This species also occurs very rarely in Burma. Blyth records it from Arrakan. I have examined a specimen from Toungngoo, and Hume states that it is a rare cold-weather visitant to the central portions of Tenasserim *. In the summer it is found along the whole range of the Himalayas, from Kashmir to as far at least as Sikhim. Many birds probably remain in the lower ranges through¬out the winter. The nest has not yet been found, but this species undoubtedly breeds in Kashmir.