152. Drymocataphus assamensis

152. Drymocataphus assamensis.

Austen's Babbler.

Turdinus garoensis, Godwin-Austen, J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 75 (1876), nec xliii, pt. ii, p. 160. Drymocataphus assamensis, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 557 (1883).

Coloration. Upper plumage rufescent olive-brown, the forehead with fulvous shaft-stripes, the crown and mantle with conspicuous pale shafts ; the outer webs of the primaries brighter rufous ; sides of the head fulvous, mottled with brown; sides of the neck and lower plumage fulvous, albescent on the centre of the abdomen, and tinged with olivaceous on the sides of the breast and abdomen.

Iris red-brown; legs very pale fleshy (Godw.-Aust.).

Length about 6; tail 2.1; wing 2.6; tarsus 1.15; bill from gape .7.

This species differs from D. tickelli in having the upper plumage rufescent olive-brown, and in having a longer tarsus.

The bird obtained by Godwin-Austen in the Garo hills, and described by him as T. garoensis in 1874, proved, according to Sharpe, who examined it, to be merely a specimen of D. tickelli. This specimen, I regret to say, has been lost or mislaid. A second bird procured by Godwin-Austen in the Dikrang valley in Assam, and referred by him to the same T. garoensis, proved to be the present species, but it cannot bear Godwin-Austen's name. Sharpe has rightly renamed it.

Distribution. I have examined undoubted specimens of this species from the Khasi hills, and from Dhollah and Sadiya in Assam. Godwin-Austen obtained it in the Dikrang valley, Assam.

Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen says : - "Proceeding through the dense underwood in the Dikrang valley, I caught sight of this bird on the narrow path above two yards from my feet, and at the first glance took it to be a small rodent. It was most fearless and made ho attempt to fly off."

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: 
152. Drymocataphus assamensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Austens Babbler
Pellorneum tickelli assamense
Vol. 1

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith