202. Scotocerca saharAe

202. ALGERIAN SCRUB-WARBLER.
SCOTOCERCA SAHARAE.
Scotocerca saharoe (Loche), Rev and Mag de Zool, p., 395, 1858, pl. xi. fig 2 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. vii. p. 214 ; Koenig, J. f. O. 1892, p. 395, tab. iii. ; id. J. f. O. 1895, tab. xiii. (nest and eggs) ; Dresser, ix. p. 103, pl. 653, fig. 1 ; D. striaticeps, Tristr. Ibis, 1859, p. 58.
Ad. (Algeria). Differs from the preceding species in being warm isabel¬line where that species is brown ; bill pale brown lighter and tinged with orange at the base ; legs yellowish flesh ; iris brown. Culmen 0.4, wing 1.75, tail 1.7, tarsus 0.75 inch.
Hab. Algeria and Tunis ; in the Sahara or never far north of it.
In habits it does not differ much from that species but is said to be shy timid and unobtrusive. Its nest which is placed in a desert-bush, near the ground, is globular, constructed of fine grasses, plant-stems and grass-roots interwoven with spiders’ webs, and lined with a few feathers ; and the eggs are white with a dull gloss, spotted and blotched with dull red and with a few pale lilac ground-markings, and in many specimens the red spots are more numerous round the larger end. In size they average about 0.65 by 0.50.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
202. Scotocerca saharAe
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
202
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
143
Common name: 
Algerian Scrub Warbler
M_ID: 
22845
M_SN: 
Scotocerca inquieta saharae
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9954

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