264. Horizillas magnirostre

(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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
264. Horizillas magnirostre
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
264
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
258
Common name: 
Brown Headed Tree Babbler
M_ID: 
24585
M_CN: 
Moustached Babbler
M_SN: 
Malacopteron magnirostre
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
2686

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