(237) Pyctorhis altirostris altirostris.
Chrysomma altirostris Jerd., Ibis, 1862, p. 22 (Thayetmyo). Pyctorhis altirostris. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 139.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description, Forehead and a broad stripe to the eye hoary grey with black centres to the feathers ; sides of head and neck rufous-grey-brown; whole upper plumage reddish brown, darkest on the wings and tail; chin, throat and upper breast whitish ; remainder of lower plumage pale fulvous,
Colours of soft parts. "Upper mandible pale born-colour, lower pinkish flesh-colour ; iris hazel-brown ; eyelid and orbital skin greenish yellow; legs and feet pinkish brown " (Oates).
Measurements. Total length about 165 mm.; wing 57 to 62 mm.; tail about 80 mm.; tarsus about 22 mm.; culmen about 12 mm.
Distribution. The plains of Lower Burma.
Nidification. A nest and eggs sent to me as belonging to this bird do not differ from those of the Yellow-eyed Babbler, the eggs being of the boldly marked cream-coloured type. The five eggs measure 17.0 x 14.1 mm.
Habits. This Babbler seems to be confined to swampy, low-lying plains, covered with ekra or elephant-grass where it is very abundant. It is, however, such an inveterate skulker and flies so seldom that it is very hard to watch or to shoot unless high floods practically cover its hiding places. It lives in great part on grasshoppers, large and small, and its note is said to be quite different from that of sinensis but has not been more minutely described.