; Crown of the head cinereous; back and wing-coverts grayish ash, tinged with brown: under parts silvery white: tail particoloured.

S. Curruca, Temm. Man. d'Oim. torn. I. p. 209. Lesser White-Throat, Lath. Syn. Supp. p. 185. pl. 113. Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 253. Selb. Must. vol. i. p. 215. pl. 100. f. 4.

Dimensions

Entire length five inches three lines.

Description

Crown of the head cinereous; space between the eye and the bill, and ear-coverts, the same, but darker-coloured: rest of the upper parts grayish ash, inclining to brown: quills dusky brown, edged with cinereous: all the under parts, from the throat to the vent, silvery white: tail dusky; outer feather white, except at the base of the inner web; the two next faintly tipped with white: bill dusky; the lower mandible pale at the base: irides yellowish: feet dusky lead-colour. (Egg). White, sparingly spotted and speckled, principally at the larger end, with ash-colour and light brown: long. diam. eight lines; trans, diam. six lines.

Common in the eastern, and in some of the midland counties, making its first appearance about the same time as the last species, but apparently rare, or altogether unknown, in many parts of the kingdom. Song soft and inward; generally ending in a shrill shivering cry, which last note is continued at intervals till near the middle of July. Chiefly frequents gardens and copses, concealing itself in the thickest covert. Nest placed in a low bush; of very flimsy structure, composed of dry bents mixed with wool, and lined with finer grasses and a few hairs. Eggs five in number; incubation commencing about the 20th of May.

(6. Sylvia, Selb).