129. Melizophilus sardus

129. Marmora’s Warbler.
Melizophilus sardus, (Marm.) fide Temm. Man. d’Orn. i. p. 205 (1820) ; (Gould) B. of Eur. ii. pl. 127 ; Dresser, ii. p. 447, pl. 70 ; (Seebohm) Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 35.
Pitchou sarde, French ; Magnanina sarda, Ital.
Male ad. (Sardinia). Upper parts dark slate-grey, blackish on the crown and sides of head ; wings and tail blackish with slate-grey margins, the outer rectrix externally margined with white ; under parts dull slate-grey, the abdomen dull white laterally washed with brown ; feathers on chin and throat with whitish margins ; bill dark horn, the lower mandible yellow at the base ; legs yellowish brown ; iris brown, edge of eyelid red. Culmen 0.4, wing 2.12, tail 2.05, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female has the upper parts browner and duller, and the under parts dull brownish slate-grey with a white spot in the centre of the abdomen. The young bird is distinguish¬able from that of M. undatus in having the upper parts paler and lacking the rusty brown tinge, and the under parts are conspicuously paler and whiter.
Hab. Portugal, the Balearic Isles, Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily, has been obtained in the peninsula of Sinai, and is said by Loche to have occurred in Algeria. It has also been said to have occurred in Greece and Palestine, but these records are open to doubt.
In general habits it resembles its congener M. undatus, but its song differs somewhat in not being so grating and is said to be very characteristic ; its call-note is a single short tick. Its nest resembles that of M. undatus but is more loosely con¬structed of dried bents and lined with horsehair and a feather or two. Its eggs, which are deposited in June or July, are dull greenish white clouded and blotched with oil-green and with a black spot or scratch or two.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
129. Melizophilus sardus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
Page No: 
Common name: 
Marmora’s Warbler
Marmora's Warbler
Sylvia sarda
Vol. 1

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