879. Acanthopneuste tenellipes

(879) Acanthopneuste tenellipes.

The Pale-legged Willow-Warbler.

Phylloscopus tenellipes Swinh., Ibis, 1860, p. 33 (Amoy). Acanthopneuste tenellipes. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 416.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Upper plumage, wings and tail brown, tinged with olive on the back, head and scapulars and suffused with ochraceous on the rump, upper tail-coverts and edges of the tail; concealed portions of wing dark brown-; median coverts faintly, greater coverts more strongly, tipped with buff, forming wing-bars; supercilium from the nostrils to the nape dark buff over the lores and paling behind the eye to white; lores and behind the eye dark brown; ear-coverts mingled buff and brown ; below white, the vent and under tail-coverts yellow to buff, and the flanks and breast also tinged with this colour in varying degrees; under-wing-coverts and axillaries yellow to buff.

Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown; bill above horny-brown, below fleshy-brown; legs and feet pale fleshy.

Measurements. Total length about 130 mm.; wing 59 to 65 mm.; tail 40 to 46 mm.; tarsus 18 to 19 mm.; culmen 9 to 10 mm.

Young are very green above and brighter below.

Distribution. Breeding in Amurland, North China, Korea and Japan. In Winter South to China, Burma, Malay States and intervening Indo-Chinese countries.

Nidification. The only known eggs of this species were taken by Alan Owston's collectors in Japan. They are pure white, glossless and measure 14.9 x 12.0 and 15.0 x 12.0 mm. They were taken on the 12th May from a domed nest in a bank.

Habits. Nothing recorded.

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: 
879. Acanthopneuste tenellipes
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Pale Legged Willow Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus tenellipes
Vol. 2

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