445. Scotocerca inquieta.
The Streaked Scrub-Warbler.
Malurus inquietus, Cretzschm, in Supp. Atlas. Vogel, p. 55, tab. 30, fig. 6 (1826). Melizophilus striatus, Brooks, Ibis, 1872, p. 180; Hume, S. F. i, p. 200; Blanford, Ibis, 1874, p. 76. Scotocerca inquieta (Rupp.), Hume, N. E. p. 357; Blanf. East. Pers. ii, p. 207, pi. xiii, fig. 2 ; Hume, Cat. no. 550 bis ; Barnes, S. F. ix, pp. 217, 455; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 213; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 222; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 276.
Coloration. Upper plumage greyish brown ; the forehead, crown, nape, and hind neck streaked with brown; wings brown, edged with greyish brown; tail very dark brown, nearly black, the outer feathers narrowly tipped with white; a long supercilium from the nostrils to the nape, the ear-coverts and cheeks pinkish fulvous ; lores and behind the eye blackish; lower plumage whitish, the throat and breast striated with brown, and the sides of the neck and body suffused with pinkish fulvous.
Legs and feet pale yellow, dusky on joints and claws; bill dark brown, paler on the lower mandible (Hume).
Length rather more than 4.5 ; tail 2.1 ; wing 2 ; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .5.
Distribution. A resident in the bare stony hills which run, in various broken ranges, from the Khyber Pass to the sea, on the west of the Indus river. The species extends westwards to Arabia.
Habits, &c Constructs a globular nest made of fibres and coarse grasses, lined with finer grasses and feathers, in a bush near the ground. The breeding-season appears to be from February to April. The eggs, usually six in number, are white, spotted and speckled with light red, and measure .62 by .43.