Prinia stewarti, Blyth.
535. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 171; Burnesia socialis stewarti, Sykes. :- Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 126.
STEWART'S WREN WARBLER.
Length, 5.2 ; expanse, 5.5 ; wing, 1.8 ; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.45. Bill black ; irides buff; legs deep-yellow.
Above dark-ashy, brown on the wings and rufescent on the tail, with a faint subterminal dark band (as seen from above); throat white ; the rest of the body beneath pale rufescent, darker on the flanks, and rusty on the vent and under tail-coverts.
Stewart's Wren Warbler only occurs within our limits in the Mhow Division (which includes Neemuch), it being replaced elsewhere by the closely allied, even if distinct, P. socialis, Both forms occur at Neemuch.
It is a permanent resident breeding from the commencement of July to the end of August, and even later. The nest is similar to that of the tailor-bird, but is not quite so neatly made, grass and fibres being used in addition to hair and cotton. The eggs are usually four in number, oval in shape, and of a bright brick-red or chesnut color, with sometimes a darker shade at the larger end, forming an ill-defined cap or zone.
They are highly glossy, and measure about 0.62 inches in length by about 0.46 in breadth.