115. Crateropus cinereifrons.
The Ashy-headed Babbler.
Garrulax cinereifrons, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xx, p. 176 (1851) ; id. Ibis, 1867, p. 300; Holdsw. P. Z. S. 1872, p. 448; Legge, Ibis, 1874, p. 20; id. Birds Ceyl. p. 499, pl. xxii, fig. 2; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 384; id. Cat. no. 409 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 447. Crateropus cinereifrons (Blyth), Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. i, p. 81.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and sides of the head cinereous, shading off on the nape into the bright reddish brown which is the colour of the whole upper plumage, tail, and visible portions of the wings, except the outer webs of the first few primaries, which are paler; chin whitish ; remainder of lower plumage rufous-brown, darker on the sides of the body and on the under tail-coverts.
Iris white; eyelid plumbeous; bill black; inside of mouth greenish yellow; legs and feet plumbeous brown; claws dusky horny (Legge).
Length nearly 10; tail 4.3; wing 4.5; tarsus 1.5; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. Ceylon, where it occurs in the humid parts up to 3500 feet of elevation.
Habits, &c. This bird is a true Crateropus in the structure of the feathers of the head and in its general conformation. According to Legge it is found in gloom and shade in the dampest forests in troops of ten to twenty, and it is very noisy.