Upper plumage olivaceous brown, spotted with dusky: tail of one colour, long, and very much cuneated.

S. Locustella, Temm. Man. d'Orri. torn. i. p. 184. Grasshopper Warbler, Mont. Orn. Diet, and Supp. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 199. pl. 45**. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 247.

Dimensions

Entire length five inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines, (from the gape) seven lines and a half; of the tarsus nine lines and a half; of the tail two inches three lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches four lines and a half.

Description

All the upper parts olivaceous brown, with a dusky spot in the centre of each feather, most conspicuous on the head and back: throat white, bounded by a circle of small oval brown spots; breast and belly yellowish white; under tail-coverts pale yellowish brown, with dusky streaks occupying the shafts of the feathers: quills and tail dusky brown, with pale olive edges: feet yellowish brown: hind claw shorter than the toe. (Egg). Pale reddish white, speckled all over with darker red brown: long. diam. eight lines; trans, diam. six lines.

Visits this country in April, but is not generally distributed, and no where very plentiful. Haunts thickets and furzy commons, principally in damp situations, and is of shy habits, seldom exposing itself to view. Note resembling that of the gryllidce. Nest artfully concealed, placed on the ground, or in thick bushes of furze and bramble; composed of dried stalks and goose-grass, and lined with fibrous roots. Eggs six in number. Food principally small coleopterous insects.