Burnesia gracilis

Burnesia gracilis, Rupp.

550. :- Burnesia lepida, Blyth. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 185 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 485 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 154.


Length, 5.25; wing, 1.75; expanse, 5.5; tail, 0.6; bill at front, 0.4.

Bill plumbeous, fleshy beneath; irides light yellowish-brown ; legs pale fleshy-yellow.

General color light olive-grey above, each feather having a medial dusky streak, broader on those of the crown and back ; wings light dusky-brown; the feathers margined with olive-grey, and the tail throughout distinctly, but obsoletely, banded above with narrow transverse duskyish lines ; below pale, with whitish tips and a subterminal dusky band, or rather spot, on the inner web of each feather ; the under parts throughout are. greyish-white ; the lores, and a slight supercilium, of the same hue.

The Streaked Wren Warbler is a common permanent resident in Sind, frequenting the dense tamarisk thickets that occur so commonly on the dhunds; it is somewhat rare in Guzerat, and does not occur at all in the Deccan. It breeds from May to September; the nest, built in low dense tamarisk bushes, is of an oval shape with the entrance at one side near the -top, and is composed of small dry tamarisk twigs and fine grass, well lined with vegetable down. The eggs, three in number, are greenish-white in color, profusely streaked, speckled, and spotted with bright brownish-red. The spots are usually more dense at the large end where they not infrequently form an imperfect zone. In shape they are broad ovals, pointed at one end, and measure 0.55 inches in length by about 0.42 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Burnesia gracilis
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Streaked Wren Warbler
Graceful Prinia
Prinia gracilis
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