126. Sylvia melanothorax

126. PALESTINE WARBLER.
SYLVIA MELANOTHORAX.
Sylvia melanothorax, Tristram, Ibis. 1872, p. 296 ; Dresser, ii. p. 399, pl. 61 ; Lilford, Ibis. 1889, p. 319 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 28.
Male ad. (Cyprus). Upper parts as in S. melanocephala but rather darker ; wings blackish, externally margined with dull white ; under parts ashy grey, but throat and breast black with whitish grey margins to the feathers ; bill dark brown, pale bluish at base of lower mandible ; legs fleshy yellow ; iris reddish, the ring round the eye red. Culmen 0.55, wing 2.35, tail 2.42, taraus 0.75 inch ; first quill about 0.2 longer than the coverts, second shorter than the third, fourth longest. The. female resembles that of S. melano¬cephala, but the head is marked with blackish ; under parts white ; flanks washed with greyish brown ; throat and breast spotted with black.
Hab. Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, and Cyprus, where it appears to be a resident.
Frequents localities covered with scrubby vegetation near the sea and to an altitude of 1700 feet and in its habits resembles both S. melanocephala and Melizophilus undatus, frequenting dense lentiscus coverts and flitting with a jerky flight from bush to bush. Its note is short and Clicking, but I do not find any description of its song. It certainly breeds in Cyprus but its nest and eggs are unknown.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
126. Sylvia melanothorax
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
126
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
87
Common name: 
Palestine Warbler
M_ID: 
25198
M_CN: 
Cyprus Warbler
M_SN: 
Sylvia melanothorax
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10606

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