428. Acanthopneuste occipitalis.
The Large Crowned Willow-Warbler.
Phyllopneuste occipitalis, Jerd., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 593 (1845) ; id. Cat. p. 183. Reguloides occipitalis (Jerd.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 196; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 107; Brooks, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 81; Cock &8c Marsh. S. F. i, p. 355 ; Hume, N. 8; E. p. 362 ; Hume, Cat. no. 563; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 66; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 449; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 230; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 220. Phylloscopus occipitalis (Jerd.), Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 626; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 50. Acanthopneuste occipitalis (Jerd.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 267.
The Large Crowned Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Resembles A. coronatus very closely. Differs in having the whole lower plumage of one uniform tint, the under tail-coverts not being of a deeper yellow than the other parts, and in having the second primary usually intermediate between the seventh and eighth.
Legs and feet pale brown, yellowish on feet; soles yellow; upper mandible brown, lower one horny brown ; iris brown (Hume Coll.).
Length about 5.3; tail 2.1 ; wing 2.6; tarsus .7; bill from gape .6 ; the first primary measures about .6.
Distribution. This Warbler is found in winter throughout the peninsula of India from the foot of the Himalayas to about the latitude of Belgaum and Nellore, and from Sind to the longitude of Calcutta. It is also found more sparingly to the east of Calcutta up the valley of Assam to Dibrugarh, at Shillong, and in North Cachar.
In summer it retires to the higher parts of the Himalayas, where it breeds commonly.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Kashmir and the north-west Himalayas from May to July, constructing a rude nest of moss and leaves in a hole at the root of a tree, and laying five pure white eggs, which measure .65 by .5.