424. Acanthopneuste magnirostris

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┬Čout the winter. The nest has not yet been found, but this species undoubtedly breeds in Kashmir.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
424. Acanthopneuste magnirostris
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Large Billed Willow Warbler
Large-billed Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus magnirostris
Vol. 1

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