(291) Alcippe poioicephala davisoni.
THE TENASSERIM QUAKER-BABBLER.
Alcippe phaeocephala davisoni Harington, B. N. H. S. J., xxiii, p. 453 (1915) (Tavoy).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Very similar to A.p. brucei from S. India but much darker. The bead and neck are brownish-ashy well defined from the back; in some specimens there are faint indications of the coronal stripes but in most these are quite absent.
Colours of soft parts. Iris slaty-grey to slaty-yellow; bill, upper mandible horny-brown, lower yellowish.
Measurements. Wing 68 to 73 mm.; culmen 13 to 14 mm.
Distribution. Tavoy, Mergui South to about the latitude of * Moulmein.
Nidification. Apparently similar to that of others of this group but the eggs obtained so far are all of the pink blotchy type except two clutches sent me from Tenasserim by one of my collectors, which are white with deep purple specks and spots. They were taken on the 19th January and the 1st June respectively and measure 19.5x14.8 mm.
Habits. Davison says that this Quaker-Babbler "is found only in the low hills and at their bases where the country is well wooded. It avoids the dry, deciduous forests. In habits, voice etc. it exactly resembles the preceding species " (the Nepal Babbler).