Upper parts plain olivaceous brown, without spots: between the bill and the eye a white streak.
S. arundinacea, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 191. Reed-Wren, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 203. pl. 45**. f. 3.
Entire length five inches four lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines and a half, (from the gape) eight lines; of the tarsus ten lines; of the tail two inches three lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches four lines: breadth, wings extended, seven inches five lines.
Upper parts of a plain uniform olive brown without spots; rump and tail faintly tinged with reddish: quills brown with cinereous edges: between the bill and the eye a narrow white streak, but not continued above the eye as in the last species: under parts yellowish white, lightest on the throat and down the middle of the belly; sides inclining to rufous: bill broader throughout, but especially at the base, and also somewhat longer, than in the S. Phragmitis; in colour dusky above, yellowish beneath, and along the margin of the upper mandible: irides light hazel: feet pale brown; soles yellow. (Egg). Greenish white, spotted and speckled with ash-green and light brown; the markings darkest, and most numerous at the larger end: long, diara. nine lines; trans, diam. six lines and a half.
Found in the same situations with the last species, but is much less plentiful, and not so generally diffused. Habits similar. Food the smaller species of libellulce, and other insects. Nest of an oblong panier-shaped form, suspended like that of the S. Phragmitis; composed of grasses and the seed-branches of the reed. Eggs four or five in number.
Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 194.
According to Temminck, this species has been killed in England. It does not, however, appear to be known to our own naturalists, nor am I aware that it is to be found in any of our British collections.
(4. Philomela, Swains).