157. Malacopterum magnirostre.
The Brown-headed Tree-Babbler.
Alcippe magnirostris, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 277; Horsf. 31. Cat. i, p. 407. Malacopteron magnirostris (More), Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 274; Hume Cat. no. 390 quint. Malacopterum magnirostre (Moore), Oates, B. B. i, p. 56. Turdinus magnirostris (3Ioore), Sharpe, Cat. B. 31. vii, p. 547.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and back olive-brown, the feathers of the forehead with black shafts; wing-coverts and exposed parts of quills rufescent olive; upper tail-coverts and tail bright chestnut-brown; feathers round the eye white; lores and an obsolete stripe over the eye grey; cheeks and ear-coverts deep ashy, the latter with whitish shafts; entire lower plumage dull white, washed with ashy across the breast and on the flanks, thighs, and under tail-coverts.
Legs, feet, and claws pale bluish, sometimes a little darker and more plumbeous ; upper mandible dark horny brown, almost black in some; lower mandible bluish white, pale blue, or plumbeous; gape dull yellow; iris red, varying from cinnabar to lake, and lake to crimson (Hume & Davison).
Length about 7 ; tail 2.6 ; wing 3.2; tarsus .85 ; bill from gape .8. Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, extending into the Malayan peninsula and Cochin China.
Habits, &c. Arboreal like those of the last species.
M. cinereum is not unlikely to bo found in Tenasserim. It is allied to M. magnum, but the ferruginous feathers of the head are broadly terminated with black, and it is of smaller size.