(263) Horizillas magna magna.
THE RED-HEADED TREE-BABBLER.
Malacopterum magnum Eyton, P. Z. S., 1839, p. 103 (Malaya); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 151.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Forehead and crown bright ferruginous, the anterior feathers black-shafted and the posterior ones faintly edged with black ; lores and a broad supercilium grey, the middle of the feathers whitish; the whole nape black; ear-coverts fulvous-brown with pale shafts; the whole upper plumage fulvous-brown, tinged with ferruginous on the rump, upper tail-coverts and outer webs of the tail-feathers ; cheeks mottled grey and white; chin, throat and upper breast white, streaked with grey ; remainder of lower plumage greyish white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris sienna-brown (young) to carmine or orange-red; bill dark horny-brown above, lower mandible pale plumbeous white; legs, feet and claws pale plumbeous blue to pale smalt-blue.
Measurements. Length about 170 to 180 mm.; wing about 84 to 94 mm.; tail about 75 mm.; tarsus about 23 mm.; culmen about 20 mm.
Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Siam and N. Malay Peninsula.
Nidification. Nothing recorded.
Habits. According to Davison this Babbler is almost entirely arboreal, hunting about in trees and bushes in small parties or in pairs and never descending to the ground. It is said to be a purely forest bird and to be entirely insectivorous in its diet.
*See Oberholser, Smiths. Misc. Coll. 48, p. 64,1905.