Sylvia nana

Sylvia nana, Hemp, & Ehr.

583bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 163.

THE DESERT WARBLER.

Length, 4.8 to 4.9 ; expanse, 7 to 7.2; wing, 2 to 2.2; tail, 1.8 to 2 ; tarsus, 0.8; bill at front, 0.33.

Bill pale yellow, dusky on culmen and at tip; irides orange-yellow ; legs and feet pale yellow.

The lores are greyish-white; from the nostril to the upper margin of the eye runs a very narrow yellowish-streak, whiter and less grey than the lores ; this line ceases to be visible in nine out of ten skins, but is sufficiently apparent in the freshly killed bird; a circle of yellowish-white feathers surrounds the eye; forehead, crown, occiput, nape, back, and scapulars, pale fawn-brown; rump and upper tail-coverts pale rufous; central tail-feathers pale rufous, with dark shafts; external lateral feathers wholly white, next pair white on the outer webs, and with a moderately broad white tip to both webs ; the rest of the inner webs dark hair-brown; the rest of the feathers dark hair-brown, margined on the outer webs with pale rufous; the whole of the lower parts white, with, in the freshly killed birds, a just perceptible rufous tinge; wing-lining and axillaries pure white ; wing pale-brown, narrowly margined and tipped with rufescent-white ; the tertiaries pale dingy-rufescent with brown shafts.

Within our limits this Warbler only occurs in the more desertlike portion of Sind and in the Runn of Kutch. It is apparently a permanent resident as Mr. Doig found them breeding in October.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Sylvia nana
Spp Author: 
Hemp. & ehr.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
234
Common name: 
Desert Warbler
M_ID: 
25160
M_CN: 
Asian Desert Warbler
M_SN: 
Sylvia nana
Term name: 
id: 
11722

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