Schoenicola platyurus, Jerdon.
442. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 73; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 401.
THE BROAD-TAILED REED BIRD.
Length, 5.75 ; expanse, 8 ; wing, 2.5 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 0.88 ; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill horny-yellow ; irides yellowish-brown ; legs fleshy-yellow.
Above dark olive-brown; the feathers of the tail obsoletely barred; beneath ochrey-yellowish.
The Broad-tailed Reed Bird is very rare. Major Butler found it breeding at Belgaum amongst long grass in September. It is probably only a seasonal visitant.