125. Sylvia rueppelli

125. RUPPELL’S WARBLER.
SYLVIA RUEPPELLI.
Sylvia rueppelli, Temm. Pl. Col. 245, fig. 1 (1823) ; (Gould), B. of Eur. ii. pl. 122 ; Dresser, ii. p. 417, pl. 65 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 12.
Male ad. (Asia Minor). Crown, lores, region round the eye, chin, and throat jet-black ; upper parts otherwise blue grey ; under parts white with a rose tinge ; wings and tail blackish, the former margined with whitish ; outer rectrix white marked with black at the base ; the next two tipped with white ; a white streak from the base of lower mandible extending backwards ; flanks washed with blue grey ; bill blackish brown, yellowish at base of lower mandible ; legs pale brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen, 0.58, wing 2.75, tail 2.58, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female lacks the black on the head and throat, and is duller and browner in colour ; the young bird resembles the female but is browner and duller, and the secondaries are margined with dull rufous. In the winter the male is browner and has the black tipped with dirty white, and the under parts washed with greyish sandy brown. In very old females the crown is brownish black, and the throat marked with black.
Hab. Greece, Asia Minor, Palestine and Algeria, wintering in North Africa as far south as Nubia and Abyssinia.
In habits it is said to be sprightly and active, though not so lively as many of its congeners. It frequents bush-covered localities, both near water and in dry, almost desert places, and feeds on insects of various kinds. Its call-note resembles that of the Sardinian Warbler but I do not find any description of its song. It breeds in April or May and places its nest, which is neatly constructed of dry grass-bents and lined with hair, on a bush. The eggs resemble those of the Spectacled Warbler but are larger, measuring 0.75 by 0.57 and are greyish white marked with greyish brown blurred spots, giving the egg a marbled appearance.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
125. Sylvia rueppelli
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
125
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
86
Common name: 
Ruppell’s Warbler
M_ID: 
25197
M_CN: 
Rüppell's Warbler
M_SN: 
Sylvia ruppeli
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10743

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