(296) Rhopocichla atriceps nigrifrons.
THE BLACK-FRONTED BABBLER.
Alcippe nigrifrons Blyth, J. A. S. B., xviii, p. 815 (1849) (Ceylon). Rhopocichla nigrifrons. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 160.
Vernacular names. Batitchia (Ceylon).
Description. Differs from R. a. atriceps in having the black of the crown replaced by rufous-brown, a little darker than the rest of the upper plumage; the white feathers of the cheeks have lengthened black shafts and the vent, thighs and under tail-coverts are rufous-brown.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the two preceding forms.
Distribution. Ceylon only.
Nidification. There are apparently two breeding seasons, one in May and June and the second in December and January. The nest is a ball of dead leaves with an inner lining of twigs and is usually placed in some bramble or straggling bush near a jungle pathway, 2 to 5 feet from the ground. The eggs, two only, are exactly like those of the other races and measure about 19.2x14.2 mm.
Habits. According to Legge this race is much, bolder and more lively than either of the others and he describes it as a very inquisitive, cheerful little bird fluttering about the bushes and following one another in true Babbler style.