208. Pterorhinus david

Pterorhinus davidi, Swinh., Ibis, 1868, p. 61 : Gould, B. of Asia, iii. pl. 55 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 187, pl. 50 ; Pleske, Prjevalsky’s Reisen, ii. p. 133 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. vii. p. 353.
Ad. (Mongolia). Upper parts uniform dark ashy brown ; a short super¬cilium dull brownish whits ; wings brown, the primaries externally margined with pale lavender grey ; central tail-feathers like the back but darker towards the tip, the remaining ones blackish brown ; chin black ; rest of the under parts ashy brown, paler than the back ; bill yellowish, but brown at the base of the upper mandible ; legs liver brown. Culmen 1.05, wing 3.5, tail 5.05, tarsus 1.28 inch.
Hab. South-eastern Mongolia, Ordos, Alaschan, Kan-su, the Upper Chuanche, and the Mountains of North China.
Frequents bushes on the banks of the rivers and is found in the mountains to an altitude of 9,500 feet. In its general habits it is active and sprightly reminding one of Rhopophilus, and obtains its food chiefly on the ground. Its call-note is a loud musical whistle something like that of Rhopophilus, and its song which is heard chiefly in the morning and evening is short and consists of a few variations of the call-note. It breeds in Mongolia late in April or early in May. The nest is a somewhat loose structure of dry grass, rootlets, and twigs, and is placed in a dense bush not much above the ground. The eggs usually 3 in number are uniform glossy blue green, and measure about 1.1 by 0.75.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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208. Pterorhinus david
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
David’s Babbler
Vol. 1

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