153. Corythocichla brevicaudata.
The Short-tailed Babbler.
Turdinus brevicaudatus, Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xxiv, p. 272 (1855) ; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, p. 262; Hume, Cat. no. 390 quint.; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 179; Oates, B. B. i, p. 60. Turdinus brevicauda (Tickell), Wald. Ibis, 1876, p. 354. Corythocichla brevicaudata (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 592.
Coloration. Whole upper plumage and sides of the neck olive-brown ; the feathers everywhere margined with black except on the rump and upper tail-coverts; tail rufescent; wings olive-brown, the coverts and all the quills, except the earlier primaries, tipped with a small white spot; lores, a short supercilium, cheeks, and under the eye deep ashy; ear-coverts the same, but tinged rufescent ; chin and throat ashy white, streaked with dark brown; breast and lower plumage ferruginous, paler on the centre of the abdomen, darker on the flanks, vent, and under tail-coverts, which latter are tipped paler.
Legs, feet, and claws pale brown to pale fleshy brown; upper mandible very dark brown, lower plumbeous to pale plumbeous; iris deep brown, red-brown, cinnamon-red (Hume & Davison).
Length about 5.5; tail 1.7; wing 2.4; tarsus 1; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. The higher slopes of Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim about 5000 feet.
Habits, &c. A rather rare bird, occurring on the thickly wooded and rocky parts of the mountain singly or in small parties. It feeds on the ground, and when alarmed it seldom flies, but retreats by hopping. Davison also remarks that its note is a long-drawn Kirr-r-r, usually uttered when disturbed.