(190) Turdoides cinereifrons.
THE ASHY-HEADED BABBLER.
Garrulax cinereifrons Blyth, J. A. S. B., xx, p. 176 (1851) (Ceylon). Crateropus cinereifrons. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 114.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. 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 flanks and under tail-coverts.
Colours of soft parts. Iris white; eyelid plumbeous; bill black;, inside of mouth greenish yellow ; legs and feet plumbeous brown ;. claws dusky-horny (Legge).
Measurements. Length about 250 to 260 mm.; wing 121 to 128 mm.; tail about 105 to 110 mm.; tarsus 38 mm.; culmen about 20 to 22 mm.
Distribution. Ceylon only, up to about 2,500 feet.
Habits. This bird is a typical Babbler in its noisy, gregarious, habits, but it is confined to dense forests where it is always damp and gloomy.