Genus PELLORNEUM

The genus Pellorneum contains seven species which are almost exclusively Indian and greatly developed in the Eastern portion of the Empire.

In Pellorneum the tail and wing are about equal in Length ; the bill is about three fourths the Length of the head, straight and notched at the tip; the nostrils are not overhung by hairs and the rictal bristles are extremely short. The breast is streaked; in five species very distinctly so, in the other two obsoletely.

The habits of all the species, so far as is known, are similar and may be dealt with here to avoid repetition. These Babblers are found solitary or in pairs in thick brushwood and neglected gardens, or places in fact which are not open and exposed. They are almost always seen on the ground and they utter a series of very pretty notes as well as harsh ones. Their nests are domed and built on the ground with one doubtful exception.

Key to the Species.

a. Mantle streaked.
a1. Forehead and eyebrow with black shaft-streaks……………..P. mandellii, p. 140.
b1. Forehead and eyebrow with only a few black specks at the ends of the feathers……………..P. minus, p. 141.
b. Mantle not streaked.
c. Breast boldly streaked with brown.
a2. Crown rufous ……………..P. ruficeps, p. 141.
b2. Crown chestnut……………..P. subochraceum, p. 142.
c2. Crown brown……………..P. palustre, p. 143.
d1. Breast with only a few obsolete stripes at the sides.
d2. Throat and breast brown……………..P. fuscicapillum, p. 143.
e2. Throat and breast white……………..P. ignotum, p. 144.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus PELLORNEUM
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
139
M_ID: 
24620
M_SN: 
Pellorneum
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
186

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