132. Pomatorhinus tickelli

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."

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: 
132. Pomatorhinus tickelli
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Tickells Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus hypoleucos tickelli
Vol. 1

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