869. Phylloscopus subviridis

(869) Phylloscopus subviridis.

Brooks's willow-warbler.

Reguloides subviridis Brooks, P.A.S.B., 1872, p. 148 (N.W. Provinces). Phylloscopus subviridis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 409.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole upper plumage clear greenish yellow; faint coronal streak and supercilia yellow; wing and tail feathers-brown edged with the colour of the back; wings with two bars formed by the yellowish-white tips to the median and greater coverts, the former indistinct, the latter well-defined; sides of head and lower plumage yellow or ochre-yellow, more grey on the throat and breast and more brownish ochre on the flanks.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill dark horny or greenish brown, paler at the base of the lower mandible; in Summer the bill is wholly dark; legs and feet greenish grey.

Measurements. Wing 53 to 58 mm.; tail 38 to 40 mm.;. tarsus about 18 mm.; culmen 8 to 9 mm.

Distribution. Breeding in Afghanistan and North Kashmir, in Winter South to Punjab and the N.W. Provinces as far East and South as Cawnpore.

Nidification. Whitehead found this bird breeding freely in the Safed Koh in June and July on the wooded slopes of the Kurram Valley between 7,000 and 9,000 feet. The nest was placed in the bank of a nullah under a bush and was domed, made of grass and lined with goats' hair. It contained three eggs, white spotted with red, measuring about 14.0 x 10.7 mm.

Habits. During the Summer this Willow-Warbler keeps much to undergrowth but during the Winter it is found more often in trees. It has the usual vivacious active habits of the genus. The call-note is said to be a monosyllabic " tweet,'" and the song is described by Mr. H. Whistler as " wet-wet-wet-weet-whir-r-r-r." It occurs in the months of October and March in the Punjab and North-West Provinces.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
869. Phylloscopus subviridis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Brookss Willow Warbler
Brooks's Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus subviridis
Vol. 2

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