450. Horornis pallidus

450. Horornis pallidus.

The Pale Bush- Warbler.

Horeites pallidus, Brooks, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 78 (1872) ; Hume, N. & E. p. 330; id. Cat. no. 627 bis; id. S. F. xi, p. 206. Horornis pallidus (Brooks), Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 241; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 280.

Coloration. Upper plumage dull olive-brown, brighter and tinged with rufous on the margins of the wing- and tail-feathers ; lores and behind the eye dark brown; a distinct supercilium, pale buff; sides of the head mixed brown and grey; lower plumage greyish white ; the sides of the body, vent, and under tail-coverts fulvous.

Iris hazel-brown ; bill light brown ; lower mandible paler except the tip ; legs, toes, and claws light fleshy-brown {Brooks).

Length rather more than 5; tail 2.2; wing 2.2 ; tarsus .9; bill from gape .5.

Distribution. Throughout Kashmir and Hazara, and extending along the Himalayas as far as the Bhagirathi valley, Garhwal. Hume records this species from Shillong, but probably by an oversight, for this is a most unlikely locality, and the statement is not supported by any specimen in the Hume Collection.

Habits, &c. Brooks states that this bird's song is a strange prolonged whistle with a sudden turn at the end, the second strain consisting of five or six notes in a different key; after a short silence the long whistle is begun again. He describes a nest which he found in Kashmir in May as being globular and composed of coarse dry grass, lined profusely with feathers; it was placed on a sloping bank. An egg it contained was a dull purple-brown, and measured .64 by .49.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
450. Horornis pallidus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Pale Bush Warbler
Pale-footed Bush Warbler
Urosphena pallidipes
Vol. 1

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