146. Pellorneum palustre.
The Marsh Spotted Babbler.
Pellorneum palustre, Jerd., Gould, Birds Asia, iii, pl. 65 (1872); Hume, S. F. i, p. 4 (1873); Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 142; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 300; Blanf. Ibis, 1873, p. 215; Hume, Cat. no, 399 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 522; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 146.
Coloration. Upper plumage olive-brown, the forehead tinged with bright rufous produced back over the lores; tail and the outer webs of the wing-feathers rufous; lores white; cheeks white barred with brown; ear-coverts rufous, with paler shafts and mottled with brown; chin, throat, and a broad line down the centre of the breast and abdomen white; the remaining lower plumage rich ochraceous buff; the whole breast and the sides of the body with long, broad, distinct dark brown streaks; under tail-coverts rich ochraceous.
The colour of the bill, iris, &c. does not appear to have been recorded. In the dry skin the upper mandible is dark brown, the lower pale brown; the legs yellowish brown.
Length about 6; tail 2.6; wing 2.6; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape -7.
Distribution. Khasi hills; North Sylhet; Sadiya. Apparently found near swamps.