Top of the head cinereous; back and wing-coverts grayish brown inclining to rufous: under parts white; the breast tinged with rose-red: tail particoloured.

S. cinerea, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 207. White-Throat, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 213. pl. 46. f. 7. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 251.


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


(Male). Crown of the head, space between the eye and the bill, cheeks, and ear-coverts, cinereous; rest of the upper parts cinereous brown, inclining to rufous on the back: quills dusky; secondaries and greater coverts broadly edged with brownish red: throat and middle of the abdomen white; breast faintly tinged with rose-red; flanks and thighs reddish gray: tail deep brown; outer feather white, except at the base of the inner web; the next tipped with white: bill dusky above, paler beneath: irides yellowish: legs yellowish brown. (Female and young). Upper parts more inclining to reddish brown; breast white, without the rosy tinge; the outer tail-feather reddish, instead of white. (Egg). Greenish white ground, spotted and speckled with ash-colour and two shades of ash-green: long. diam. nine lines; trans, diam. six lines and a half.

Common in hedges and thickets throughout the kingdom. First seen about the third week in April. Song often exerted on wing, accompanied by peculiar jerks and gesticulations of the body. Nest similar to that of the last species; placed in low bushes, where there is thick covert. Eggs four or five in number. Young broods fledged about the end of May.