(874) Acanthopneuste nitidus nitidus.
The Green Willow-Warbler.
Phylloscopus nitidus Blyth, J. A. S. B., xii, p. 965 (1S43) (Calcutta). Acanthopneuste nitidus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 413.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Upper plumage light olive-green, rather brighter on the rump; lores and a line behind the eye dark brown ; supercilium bright yellow; wings brown, the feathers edged with green like the back and with two white or yellowish-white wing-bars formed by the tips to the coverts ; tail brown edged with greenish ; cheeks greenish yellow; whole lower parts bright yellow, the flanks greenish ; the axillaries and under wing-coverts pale bright yellow.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; bill horny-black above, yellowish-horny below; legs and feet olive-grey.
Measurements. Total length about 125 mm.; wing 59 to 64 mm.; tail 44 to 48 mm.; tarsus 19 to 20 mm.; culmen 10 to 11 mm. Second primary between sixth and seventh in length, sometimes equal to seventh.
Distribution. Breeding in the Caucasas, Transcaspia, Bochara and Persia. Possibly also Afghanistan and the N. W. Frontier. In Winter to practically the whole of India as far East as Calcutta and Ceylon. I never met with it in Assam.
Nidification. Nothing certain known.
Habits. Those of the genus. This bird seems, at all events in Winter, to frequent trees in preference to lower growths.