(264) Horizillas magnirostre.
THE BROWN-HEADED TREE-BABBLER.
Alcippe magnirostre Moore, P. S., 1854, p. 277 (Malacca). Malacopterum magnirostre. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 151.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. 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 paler shafts ; entire lower plumage dull white, washed with ashy on breast, flanks, thighs and under tail-coverts.
Colours of soft parts. Iris cinnabar-red to lake; bill, legs and feet as in the last bird but less blue.
Measurements. Length about 160 to 170 mm.; wing 80 to 85 mm.; tail about 55 to 57 mm.; tarsus about 21 mm.; culmen about 15 to 16 mm.
Distribution. Extreme South of Tenasserim, extending South down the Malay Peninsula and East to Cochin China.
Nidification. Nothing recorded. Two eggs from the "Water- stradt collection, said to have been taken on 14.2.1901 in East Malacca, are very pale yellow-creamy white with a few specks of light; red principally in the centre of the egg-shell. In shape they are almost ellipses, with fine, close texture but almost glossless. They measure 21.8 x 16.0 and 21.3 x 15.5.
Habits. As far as is known, similar to those of the last bird.