132. Pomatorhinus tickelli.
Tickell's Scimitar Babbler.
Pomatorhinus hypoleucus (Blyth), apud Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 273 (1875). Pomatorhinus tickelli, Blyth, Tickell, Ibis, 1863, p. 113 (descr. nulla); Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 142; Oates, B. B. i, p. 76; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 429. Orthorhinus tickelli, Hume, S. F. v, p. 32 (1877); Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 285; Hume, Cat. no. 405 quat.; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 181; Hume, S. F. ix,.p. 253 ; xi, p. 153.
Coloration. Upper plumage rich olive-brown, deeply tinged with rufous on the tail and exposed parts of closed wing; lores, cheeks, and ear-coverts rufescent; a patch of deep rufous on the side of the neck behind the ear-coverts; a line commencing just over the eye, passing over the ear-coverts and terminating in the neck-patch, rufous, the feathers with central white streaks, increasing in size posteriorly, and extending to the sides of the neck and shoulders; chin, throat, breast, and centre of abdomen white suffused with a pink tinge; sides of the breast deep slaty grey streaked with white; thighs and sides of body rufous-ashy; under tail-coverts ferruginous.
The legs and feet vary a good deal, being pale bluish green, very pale brown, or pale whitish blue; the upper mandible pale brown, the lower mandible pale whitish blue; iris pale to dark brown and brownish red; naked patch behind eye flesh-colour, more or less strongly tinged blue (Hume & Davison).
Length nearly 12; tail 4.3; wing 4; tarsus 1.6; bill from gape 1.8.
Distribution. Tenasserim from That one to Tavoy among the higher hill-ranges, extending eastward to the valley of the Thonngyeen.
Habits, &c. Mr. Davison remarks: - "This Babbler I always found in thick forests, usually in pairs, hut occasionally in small parties. It keeps much more to the ground than any Pomatorhinus, hopping about in a very ungainly manner."