Chatarrhoea earlii, Blyth.
439. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 68 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 134.
THE STRIATED REED BABBLER.
Length, 9.9 ; expanse, 1.1; wing, 3.5; tail, 5.5; tarsus, 1.38 ; bill at front, 0.75.
Bill pale greenish-yellow, dusky above and at the tip ; irides bright-yellow ; legs dirty greenish-horn.
Above pale ashy-brown, with dark brown streaks on the head and back, fading on the upper tail-coverts ; tail concolorous with the back, still paler perhaps, and with no trace of striae ; chin, throat, and upper part of the breast dull reddish-fulvous, edged paler, and with faint dark central lines ; the rest of the under parts dingy-fulvous or albescent-brown.
Within our limits, the Striated Reed Babbler only occurs in Sind, where it is a permanent resident, breeding from March to September.
They build a neat but rather massive cup-shaped nest, either in close growing reeds or small bushes. The eggs, three or four in number, closely resemble those of C. caudata, but are larger, averaging 0.96 by 0.73.