145. Pellorneum subochraceum.
The Burmese Spotted Babbler.
Pellorneum subochraceum, Swinhoe, A. M, N. H. (4) vii, p. 257 (1871) ; Tweedd. Ibis, 1877, pp. 385, 452, pl. x; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 278, 514; Hume, Cat. no. 399 sex; Oates, B. B. i, p. 66; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 521; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 605; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 100. Pellorneum minor, Hume, apud Oates, S. F. iv, p. 406; v, p. 154.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape light chestnut, the feathers of the forehead with black shafts and flips ; lores fulvous white with black shafts; a broad superciliary streak to the nape creamy white or pale buff ; the feathers immediately over the eye tipped brownish; ear-coverts and under the eye fulvous surrounded by dusky; upper plumage, tail, and exposed parts of wings olive-brown, the outer webs of the primaries tinged with ochraceous, the tail narrowly tipped with white; chin and throat white; lower plumage light fulvous, the breast and sides of the body streaked with dark brown; centre of the abdomen whitish ; under tail-coverts fulvous with large central brown marks.
Iris red; upper mandible dark brown, lower yellow at base, changing to light brown at tip ; mouth flesh-colour; eyelids greenish ; legs light brownish yellow; claws flesh-colour.
Length about 6.5; tail 2.7; wing 2.6 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. Pegu and Tenasserim, alike in the plains and in the lower hills. This bird extends down the Malay peninsula. At Thayetmyo and in the extreme northern portion of Pegu it appears to be replaced by P. minus.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to June, constructing a small domed nest of leaves and grass on the ground, generally under shelter of a bush, and laying three eggs which are whitish, very thickly speckled with reddish brown and purple; they measure .82 by .62.