Crown of the head cinereous, with brown streaks: back and wing-coverts with large brown spots: throat and breast bluish gray: middle of the abdomen whitish.

A. modularis, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 249. Hedge Accentor, Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 248. pl. 43*. f. 4. Hedge Warbler, Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 244.

Dimensions

Entire length five inches eight lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines, (from the gape) seven lines; of the tarsus ten lines and a half; of the tail two inches six lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches seven lines: breadth, wings extended, eight inches five lines.

Description

Top of the head cinereous, with brown streaks: back and wing-coverts yellowish brown, with a large darker-coloured spot in the centre of each feather; middle wing-coverts tipped with whitish: sides of the neck, throat, and breast, bluish gray: rump and flanks yellowish brown; middle of the abdomen whitish: under tail-coverts brown, edged with white: bill dusky: irides hazel: feet yellowish brown. (Egg). Of a uniform bluish green: long. diam. nine lines and a half; trans, diam. six lines and a half.

Common in hedges throughout the country; and in song the greater part of the year. Feeds principally on insects. Nest formed of moss and wool, and lined with hair; placed in shrubs and low bushes. Eggs four to six in number; hatched early in April.