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.