136. Dumetia albigularis.
The Small White-throated Babbler.
Malacocercus ? albogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 453 (1847). Dumetia albogularis (Blyth), Blyth, Cat. p. 140; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 403; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 26; Hume, N. & E. p. 247; id. Cat. no. 308; Leyye, Birds Ceyl. p. 605 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M, vii, p. 514; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 177; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 94.
The White-throated Wren-Babbler, Jerd.; Pandi-jitta, Tel.: Batitchia Ceyl.
Coloration. Resembles D. hyperythra. Differs in having a white chin and throat.
This bird varies a good deal throughout its extensive range. From Mount Abu and Deesa down to Mahableshwar the greater number of birds have nearly the whole crown deep rufous with pale shaft-streaks and the shafts themselves more or less black. In Mysore and the Wynaad the rufous is restricted to the fore¬head, the feathers having intensely black shafts, and all the white feathers of the throat having conspicuously black shafts. Ceylonese birds resemble the Mysore and Wynaad ones, but the throat is without the black shafts so conspicuous in the latter. The iris also varies: Ceylon, greyish olive or white (Legge); Wynaad, white (Davison); Deesa, dark brown (Butler).
Bill, legs, and claws pinkish fleshy; the upper mandible along the culmen as also the claws tinged with brown (Davison).
Length nearly 6; tail 2.7; wing 2.2; tarsus .75; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. From Sambhar, Abu, and Deesa down the western portion of the peninsula to Ceylon. The most eastern locality where this species has been obtained appears to be Goona, whence King records it. It is found up to 3000 feet of elevation or even higher.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of the preceding. This bird breeds from April to July, in the same manner as the last species. The eggs measure .72 by .51.