118. Sylvia mystacea

118. Menetries’S WARBLER.
Sylvia mystacea, Menetr. Cat. Rais. p. 34 (1332) ; Dresser, ix. p. 59, pl. 647 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 20, (partim) ; S. rubescens, Blanf., Ibis, 1874, p. 77.
Bjeloussyj-Kusnetschik, Russ.
Male ad. (Lenkoran). Crown, sides of the head, and ear-coverts dull black gradually merging into the grey on the, upper parts which are slate-grey ; wings and tail blackish, externally margined with slate-grey ; outer rectrix with outer web and end white, the next tipped with white ; chin and a line bordering the black on the sides of the head pure white ; throat and breast chestnut-vinous ; flanks pale reddish ; rest of the under parts white ; beak brown, lower mandible yellowish at the base ; legs brownish isabelline ; iris clear chestnut-red, the bare skin round the eye bright yellow. Culmen 0.48, wing 2.35, tail 2.1, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female has the entire upper parts plain brownish grey, the margins to the wings and tail also brownish grey, and the under parts white tinged with pale ochreous.
Hab. From the Caucasus through Transcaspia to Persia, Turkestan, and northern Afghanistan, south to Fao on the Persian Gulf.
It inhabits the plains and the lower portions of the mountains, and in its general habits does not differ from its allies, but if anything flits more nimbly through the dense bush foliage and when on the wing carries its tail very high. Its nest is placed in a bush near the ground and is constructed of tamarisk-twigs, bents, and vegetable down, and lined with finer bents, vegetable filaments and occasionaly a few horsehairs ; and the eggs, which are deposited in May or early in June, are brilliant white, sometimes with a rose tinge finely dotted with black, blackish grey, or dirty brown spots, the larger end so closely spotted that the spots are confluent, and in some the black spots and dots are wanting. In size they vary from 15 by 12 to 17 by 13 millimetres (0.59 by 0.47 to 0.67 by 0.51 inch).

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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118. Sylvia mystacea
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Menetries’s Warbler
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Sylvia mystacea
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