149. Drymocataphus nigricapitatus

149. Drymocataphus nigricapitatus.

The Black-capped Babbler.

Brachypteryx nigricapitata, Eyton, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 103; Blyth, Cat. p. 178. Drymocataphus nigrocapitatus (Eyton), Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 396 ; Tweedd. Ibis, 1877, p. 308; Hume & Dav. 8. F. vi, p. 275; Hume, Cat. no. 396sex; Oates, B. B. i, p. 63; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 554; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 102.

Coloration. The lores, a broad supercilium reaching to the nape, and the cheeks grey, each feather with a white shaft-stripe ; ear-coverts ashy rufous with whitish shafts ; a very narrow moustachial stripe black; chin and throat white ; sides of neck and the whole lower plumage ferruginous, brightest on the breast and tinged with brown on the flanks, lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts; forehead, crown, and nape black; the whole upper plumage, tail, aud exposed parts of wings deep ferruginous brown.

Legs and feet fleshy white, slightly tinged with brown or reddish horny; upper mandible black, lower fleshy white ; iris rhubarb-red (Hume Coll.).

Length about 7; tail 2.4; wing 2.7; tarsus 1.15; bill from gape .9.

Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, extending to Sumatra.

Habits, &c. Feeds entirely on the ground, singly or in pairs. A shy bird, frequenting the densest portions of the forests. Davison describes the nest as being built on the ground of coarse fern-roots on a foundation of twigs and leaves. The only nest he found was at the base of a small clump of ferns, and contained two eggs. They are described as creamy white, very thickly speckled with inky purple and purplish brown. They measured .82 by .62.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
149. Drymocataphus nigricapitatus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Black Capped Babbler
Pellorneum capistratum nigrocapitatum
Vol. 1

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