Sylvia nana

Sylvia nana, Hemp, & Ehr.

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


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.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Sylvia nana
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Hemp. & ehr.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Desert Warbler
Asian Desert Warbler
Sylvia nana
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