141. Pyctorhis altirostris

141. Pyctorhis altirostris.

Jerdon's Babbler.

Chrysomma altirostre, Jerd. Ibis, 1862, p. 22; Godw.-Aust. A. M. N. H. (4) xvii, p. 34; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 504. Pyctorhis altirostris (Jerd.), Blyth Wald. Birds Burm. p. 117; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii. pp. 74, 197, pi. ix ; Blanf. S. F. v, p. 245; Oates, S. F. v, p. 249; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 23; Hume, Cat. no. 386 his; Oates, S. F. x, p. 206; id. B. B. i, p. 47; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 512; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 138. Pyctorhis griseigularis, Hume, S. F. v, p. 116; id. Cat. no. 386 ter; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 174.

Coloration. Forehead and a broad stripe to the eye hoary grey with black centres; lores grey; sides of head and neck greyish brown tinged with rufous, more hoary round the eye; whole upper plumage deep reddish brown, brighter on the tail and exposed parts of wings; chin, throat, cheeks, and upper breast grey; remainder of lower surface bright buff.

Upper mandible pale horn-colour, lower pinkish flesh-colour; iris hazel-brown; eyelid and orbital skin greenish yellow; legs and feet pinkish brown ; claws pinkish horn-colour.

Length about 6.5; tail 3.3 ; wing 2.4; tarsus .9; bill from gape .55.

Distribution. Mangrani between Sukkur and Shikarpur in Sind; Bhutan and Buxa doars; the Bishnath plain and Sibsagar in Assam; Thayetmyo; the plains of Pegu between the Pegu hills and the Sittoung from Kyeikpadein to Toungngoo.

Habits, &c. This bird is confined to vast plains of elephant-grass. It is a very difficult bird to observe; it creeps quietly through the clumps of grass and is seen for an instant only as it flies from one clump to another. It has a peculiar note, very different to that of P. sinensis.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
141. Pyctorhis altirostris
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Jerdon's Babbler
Jerdon's Babbler
Chrysomma altirostre
Vol. 1

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