201. Scotocerca inquieta

201. Streaked Scrub-Warbler.
Scotocerca inquieta, (Cretzschm) in Rupp. Atlas, p. 55, tab. 36, fig. B. (1826) ; Dresser, ix. p. 99, pl. 653, fig. 2 ; Blanf. E. Pers. ii. p. 207, pl. xiii. tig. 2 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. vii. p. 213 ; S. eremita (Tristr.), Ibis, p. 76, 1867 ; Melizophilus striatus, Brooks, Ibis, 1872, p. 180.
Male ad. (Baluchistan). Upper parts greyish hair-brown, the crown dis¬tinctly, the back indistinctly streaked with dark brown ; wings and tail light brown, externally paler margined ; lores and supercilium sandy buff ; a spot before and a streak behind the eye blackish ; sides of head greyish buff ; under parts white, the throat streaked with blackish brown, the flanks washed with greyish buff ; bill dark brown, the lower mandible orange-brown at the base ; legs yellowish brown ; iris brown. Cul¬men 0.45, wing 1.85, tail 1.65, tarsus 0.75 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Arabia Petraea, and Palestine, through Transcaspia and Persia to the west of the Indus.
Frequents stony desert places both bare and bush-covered, on the hills and plains, and is active and restless, tame and unsuspicious. Its food consists of insects, which it picks up on the ground and amongst the stones. Its call-note is harsh not unlike that of the Crested Titmouse, and its song, which is melodious, is somewhat Tit-like. It breeds in February or March and places its nest, which is globular, with the entrance hole on the side, constructed of dried grasses lined with plant-down or feathers, in a low bush close above the ground, and deposits 4 or 5 eggs, which are white, or pinky white, spotted with reddish pink or dark red, and in some the spots are collected and form a zone round the larger end. In size they average about 0.64 by 0.49.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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201. Scotocerca inquieta
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H. E. Dresser
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Streaked Scrub Warbler
Streaked Scrub Warbler
Scotocerca inquieta
Vol. 1

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