(206) Pomatorhinus horsfieldi horsfieldi.
THE DECCAN SCIMITAR-BABBLER.
Pomatorhinus horsfieldi Sykes, P. Z. S. 1882, p. 39 (Deccan); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 119.
Vernacular names. Namala Pitta or Dasari Pitta (Tel.).
Description. Upper plumage dark earthy-brown with a tinge of rufous, the head slightly darker; a white supercilium from the nostril to the nape, edged with black above; chin, throat, breast and abdomen white; lores, under the eye, the ear-coverts, the sides of the neck and a band bordering the breast and abdomen blackish brown; sides of the body, vent and under tail-coverts slaty-brown; tail and wings dark brown, washed on the outer webs with the colour of the back.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown, maroon-brown or crimson; legs and feet greenish plumbeous; bill yellow, dusky at base of lower mandible.
Measurements. Length about 250 to 260 mm.; wing about 100 to 105 mm.; tail about 105 to 108 mm.; tarsus about 32 mm.; culmen about 25 mm.
Distribution. Bombay, Mahabaleshwar, Khandalla, Kanara and the plains of Mysore, Madras and the Deccan.
Nidification. This Scimitar-Babbler breeds from January to May in broken country and low hills up to about 2,000 feet as well as in the actual plains, making the usual grass, domed nest, which it places on the ground in grass and bushes, or in forest. The eggs apparently sometimes number as many as five, but two or three are the normal clutch. Twenty-four eggs average 26.6 X 18.3 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus. This is a subspecies of the low country, it being represented by other races in the higher hills.