Upper parts grayish brown, tinged with olive: orbits white: tail of one colour.
S. hortensis, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 206. Greater Pettychaps, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 211. pl. 46. f. 4. Passerine Warbler, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 243.
Entire length five inches ten lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines, (from the gape) eight lines; of the tarsus ten lines: of the tail two inches two lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches eleven lines: breadth, wings extended, eight inches six lines.
All the upper parts cinereous brown, tinged with olive: orbits white: below the ear on each side of the neck a patch of ash-gray: throat whitish: breast and sides yellowish gray inclining to brown; belly, vent and under tail-coverts, nearly pure white: quills and tail dusky, with pale edges: feet bluish gray. (Egg). Greenish white ground, speckled with two shades of ash-green: long. diam. nine lines; trans, diam. six lines and a half.
Not uncommon in many parts of the country, making its first appearance about the beginning of May. Frequents gardens, copses, and thick hedges. Song resembling that of the Blackcap, but less powerful; continued till the middle of July. Nest of flimsy structure; formed of the decayed stems of goose-grass, and other fibrous plants. Eggs four or five in number, very like those of the last species. - Obs. The Garden Warbler and the Passerine Warbler of Bewick are probably both referable to the present species. Montagu, however, thought that the Passerine Warbler of the author just mentioned was the same as the Peed Wren.