119. Sylvia momus

119. BOWMAN’S WARBLER.
SYLVIA MOMUS.
Sylvia momus, Hempr. and Ehr. Symb. Phys. Aves, fol. b. b. (1829) ; Dresser, ii. p. 407, pl. 63 ; S. bowmani, Tristr. Ibis., 1867, p. 85 ; S. rubescens, Blanf., Ibis., 1874, p. 77 ; id. in E. Pers. ii. p. 177, pl. xii. ; S. mystacea, Seebohm (nec. Menetr.), Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 20 (partim).
Male ad. (Jericho). Differs from S. melanocephala in having the upper parts much paler and greyer, the black crown sharply separated from the grey on the hind neck ; under parts white washed with vinous pink on the breast and flanks ; legs brown ; bill dusky above, pale below ; iris yellow, edge of the eyelid red. Culmen 0.5, wing 2.15, tail 2.2 tarsus 0.75 inch. The female is much paler than that of S. melanocephala, has the upper parts dull reddish brown with an olivaceous tinge, the under parts white slightly tinged with pink, and the breast and flanks faintly washed with pale vinous buff.
Hab. Palestine, Syria, and Asia Minor ; wintering in Nubia and possibly in Abyssinia.
In habits it does not differ from S. melanocephala, but affects luxuriantly wooded localities whereas that species prefers the open scrub. Its nesting-habits, nest, and eggs are, so far as I can ascertain, as yet unknown.
Melizophilus rothschildi, Madarasz (Termesz Fusetek, 1901, p. 351), from Palestine, of which I have seen the type, appears to me to be very closely allied to, if separable from this species.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
119. Sylvia momus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
119
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
82
Common name: 
Bowman’s Warbler
M_ID: 
25191
M_SN: 
Sylvia melanocephala momus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10078

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