(629) Prunella strophiata jerdoni.
Accentor jerdoni Brooks, J. A. S. B., xli, pt. 2, p. 327 (1872) (Kashmir). Tharrhaleus jerdoni. Blanf & Oates, ii, p. 172.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to P. s. strophiata but generally paler and more grey, less rufous; the crown and nape are less boldly-streaked ; the supercilium is much paler, the dark bands above it are more pronounced and wider and the breast is pale rufous instead of deep ferruginous-Colours of soft parts as in the Rufous-breasted Hedge-sparrow.
Measurements. Wing 62 to 69 mm.; tail 53 to 57 mm.; tarsus about 19 mm.; culmen about 11 mm.
Young differ from the adult as do those of the preceding bird.
Distribution. Afghanistan, Baluchistan and Gilgit to Kashmir, Simla and Northern Garhwal.
Nidification. Jerdon's Hedge-sparrow breeds throughout its range at 9,000 feet upwards during June and July. It builds a rather neater nest than usual, generally of grass and moss lined with fur or wool, but sometimes mixed with other materials such as leaves and bracken. The eggs vary from three to six, most often four or five, and are similar to those of other birds of the genus. Forty eggs average 19.05 x 13.8 mm.: maxima 21.1 x 13.0 and 19.9 x 14.6 mm.; minima 17.3x13.3 and 21.1 x 13.0 mm.
The birds nearly always place their nest in the juniper-scrub, sometimes in pines or other small trees.
Habits. Those of the genus.