151. Drymocataphus tickelli

151. Drymocataphus tickelli.

Tickell's Babbler.

Pellorneum tickelli, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 414 (1859); Hume, S. F. i, p. 299, iii, p. 119; Oates, S. F. iv, p. 406; Tweedd. Ibis, 1877, pp. 386, 451; Hume, Ibis, 1878, p. 114; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 277, 514; Hume, Cat. no. 399 ter; id. S. F. xi, p. 144. Mixornis olivaceus, Tick. J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 449 (1859). Trichastoma minor, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 535; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 259; Hume, Cat. no. 387 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 179. Turdinus garoensis, Godwin-Austen, J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. 2, p. 160, pl. viii (1874); Hume, S. F. iii, p. 393; id. Cat. no. 390 sept.; id. S. F. xi, p. 140. Drymocataphus fulvus, Wald. A. M. N. II. (4) xv, p. 401 (1875) ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 403, v, p. 59. Drymocataphus tickelli (Blyth), Tweedd. Ibis, 1877, p. 452, pl. xi, fig. 1 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 64 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 557 ; Oates in Humes N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 103.

Coloration. Whole upper plumage fulvescent olive-brown; the forehead more distinctly fulvous, the feathers of the crown pale-shafted ; tail slightly rufescent; lores, a very indistinct eyebrow, and the feathers round the eye pale fulvous; ear-coverts fulvous brown with pale shafts; sides of neck similar to the back but slightly paler; cheeks and entire lower plumage uniform fulvous, with the very faintest indications of stripes on the throat and breast; centre of abdomen albescent *.

Bill dusky above, pale flesh-colour beneath ; mouth yellow; iris reddish brown; eyelids greenish flesh-colour ; legs and claws fleshy white.

Length about 6 ; tail 2 ; wing 2.4 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .8.

Distribution. There are undoubted specimens of this species in the Hume Collection from the Khasi hills and from Manipur. Godwin-Austen obtained it in the Garo hills.

It has been found in Karennee; on the eastern slopes of the Pegu hills ; the central and southern portions of Tenasserim, and the Thoungyeen valley, in all of which tracts it appears to be fairly common.

Habits, &c. This species is a quiet little bird found in all sorts of jungle, creeping about bushes and on the ground singly or in pairs. Bingham found the nest in March, a domed structure of bamboo-leaves and roots placed in a cane-bush about one foot above the ground. It contained three eggs, white dotted with pink. One egg measured .67 by .51.

* After examining all the specimens of birds in the Hume and Tweeddale collections, as well as others lent me by Godwin-Austen, which have a bearing on the identity of D. tickelli, I am of the same opinion as Sharpe and I arrived at some years ago - he when writing the seventh volume of the ' Catalogue,' and I when writing the Birds of Burmah.' This conclusion is briefly that Trichastoma miner of Hume is the same bird as Pellorneum tickelli of Blyth.

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: 
151. Drymocataphus tickelli
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Tickells Babbler
Buff-breasted Babbler
Pellorneum tickelli
Vol. 1

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