118. Pomatorhinus olivaceus

118. Pomatorhinus olivaceus.

The Tenasserim Scimitar Babbler.

Pomatorhinus olivaceus,Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 451 (1847) ; Hume, S. F. v, p. 137; Davison, S. F. v, p. 458; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 283 ; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 133 ; Hume, Cat. no. 403 bis; id. S. F. ix, p. 117; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 180; Oates, B. B. i, p. 70; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 414 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 82.

Coloration. Resembles P. schisticeps. Differs in wanting the chestnut band down the sides of the breast and abdomen, the chestnut being confined to the neck-patch, and in having the bill black only in the immediate vicinity of the nostrils.

As in P. nuchalis the rufous collar on the hind neck is generally distinctly indicated.

Iris bright yellow ; bill deep yellow, dusky green at base above ; legs and feet plumbeous ; claws horny (Hume & Davison).

Length about 9 ; tail 4.1; wing 3.6 ; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Tenasserim, from Moulmein down to its extreme southern point and thence extending into the Malay peninsula.

Habits, &c. Both Davison and Bingham found the nest of this: species in Tenasserim, the former in January, the latter in March. The nest found by Davison was globular with the entrance at the side, the one found by Bingham was cup-shaped; both were on the ground in thick jungle. The eggs in both cases were three in number, and measured on the average 1 by .73.

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: 
118. Pomatorhinus olivaceus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Tenasserim Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus schisticeps olivaceus
Vol. 1

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