128. Melizophilus deserticola

128. Tristram’s Warbler.
MELIZOPHILUS DESERTICOLA.
Melizophilus deserticola Tristram, Ibis. 1859, p. 58 ; Dresser, ix. p. 69, pl. 649 ; (Seebohm) Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 32, pl. iii ; Koenig, J. f. O. 1896, Taf. 7, (eggs).
Male ad. (N. Africa). Crown neck und upper parts ashy plumbeous, the rump washed with sandy buff ; wings and tail blackish, the former margined with rufous buff ; external tail-feathers white, except at the base ; under parts pale chestnut, the middle of the abdomen whitish and an indistinct white line borders the plumbeous ash on the sides of the head and crosses the chin ; upper mandible light brown, lower mandible bright yellow ; legs pale lemon yellow ; iris bright yellow. Culmen 0.45, wing 2.10, tail 2.20, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female differs only in being paler especially on the under parts. In winter the upper parts are washed with sandy buff, the rufous margins on the wings are broader and the under parts are paler.
Hab. North-western Africa where it breeds in Algeria, passing the winter in the southern Sahara.
In general habits it resembles the Dartford Warbler frequenting bush-covered localities. Dr. Koenig found it breeding in the Aures mountains in May. Its nest is placed in a bush, usually a rosemary, near the ground and is closely and firmly constructed of vegetable bents and fibres, and the eggs usually 4 in number resemble those of the Dartford Warbler being spotted and dotted with olivaceous on a pale green ground and in size average 16 by 13 millimetres.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
128. Melizophilus deserticola
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
128
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
88
Common name: 
Tristram’s Warbler
M_ID: 
25173
M_CN: 
Tristram's Warbler
M_SN: 
Sylvia deserticola
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
11051

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