(263) Ophrydornis magnus magnus (Eyton).
THE RED-HEADED TREE-BABBLER.
Horizillas magna magna, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 257.
Ophrydornis magnus magnus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 603.
This Tree-Babbler is found from Tenasserim and South-West Siam to Sumatra and Borneo.
It is said to be entirely a forest bird and arboreal in its habits, but very little is known about it.
The only nest and eggs known were taken by Major J. C. Moulton, who obtained them near Sarawak and very kindly sent them to me. The nest is cup-shaped, made of dead leaves, grass and dead moss, lined with roots, and was built in a thick bush in dense forest. The nest and eggs are both of the same type, as we would expect, as those of Malacocincla (Turdinus auct.) but the eggs are even more beautiful and richly coloured than any I have seen of that bird. The ground-colour is a rich salmon- pink with a crimson flush at the larger end. The markings consist of wavy lines and a few spots of deep crimson brown, fairly numerous at the larger end and sparse elsewhere. They measure 19.8 x 15.0 and 20.0 x 15.1 mm.
The nest was taken on the 17th March, 1912
263. Ophrydornis magnus magnus