Franklinia buchanani, Blyth.
551. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 186 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 486 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 407 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 155 ; Cisticola buchanani, Blyth; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 126.
THE RUFOUS-FRONTED WREN WARBLER.
Length, 5.25 ; expanse, 6.7 ; wing, 2.2 ; tail, 2.2 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill brown, yellowish beneath ; irides pale orange-buff; legs fleshy.
Forehead and head pale rufous; plumage above greenish-ashy, beneath white ; tail brown, ail the feathers, except the two central ones, broadly terminated by white, more broadly so on the outermost feathers.
The Rufous-fronted Wren Warbler is a common permanent resident in Sind and Guzerat, and is not uncommon in Rajputana, but with the exception of Nuggur appears to be altogether absent from the Deccan. It breeds from June to August, building a rather loose, ragged, purse-shaped nest, composed of grass, lined with vegetable down, and is usually placed in a low thorny bush, generally ber or scrub. The eggs, four or five in number, are of a slightly elongated oval shape, and are white in color, thickly spotted and speckled with dingy or purplish-red. In most of the eggs the markings are densest at the large end, and they occasionally form a more or less well defined zone or cap. They average 0.62 inches in length by about 0.48 in breadth.