Scotocerca inquieta, Rupp.
550bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 154.
THE STREAKED SCRUB WARBLER.
Length, 4.5 to 4.75 ; expanse, 6.25 ; wing, 1.9 to 2 ; tail, 2 to 2.25; tarsus, 0.75 to 0.8; bill at front, 0.35 ; bill at gape, 0.46.
Bill dark brown, dull brownish-orange at base beneath; irides brownish; legs yellowish-brown.
Above, light brownish-grey, streaked on the head as far as the shoulders, with dark brown narrow-streaks ; a pale rufous-brown broad supercilium ; the cheeks and ear-coverts are also of this color, which extends down the sides of the neck and breast; becoming very pale and diluted under the wings and on the flanks; wings light brown, the edges of quills and coverts greyish; tail a very much darker or rather blackish-brown; the outer feather on each side is rather lighter, and is tipped with white; the tail-feathers are cross rayed, particularly the outer ones; lower surface of body, except sides of neck, breast and flanks, white, with narrow brown streaks from chin to upper breast; lining of wing, and ridge of the same, reddish-white.
Within our limits the Striated Scrub Warbler has only been procured on the hills that divide Sind from Khelat. It is probable that they are permanent residents, as they breed freely in Southern Afghanistan, commencing about the end of March. The nest is globular in shape, not unlike that of F. buchanani, but is somewhat larger; it is usually built in stunted bushes, not more than two feet from the ground. It is well lined with feathers and fine grass, the outer portion being composed of fibres and coarse grass. The maximum number of eggs is six, but five incubated ones are occasionally met with ; they are oval in shape, white, with a pinkish tinge when fresh, very minutely spotted and freckled with bright red.
These spots are usually more dense at the large end, but frequently they are speckled equally over the whole surface.
They average 0.64 inches in length by about 0.49 in breadth.