207. Rhopophilus albisuperciliaris

Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris (Hume and Henders.), Lahore to Yark., p. 218, pl. xviii. (1873) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. vii. p. 117 ; Pleske, Prjevalsky’s Reisen, ii. p. 131 ; R. pekinensis var. major, Prjev. Mongol i Strana Tangut, ii. p. 32, No. 42 (1876) ; R. deserti, id. Izv. J. R, Geogr. Obtsch. xiii. p. 285.
Male ad. (Yarkand). Upper parts sandy brown, clearly streaked with blackish brown ; upper tail-coverts uniform ; wings and tail brown, margined with pale sandy brown, the outer tail-feathers terminated with white ; lores and supercilium buffy while ; ear-coverts isabelline ; cheeks whitish, separated from the ear-coverts by a black stripe ; under parts white, the sides of the breast and flanks streaked with pale rufous ; bill dark brown, fleshy at the base below ; legs flesh-coloured ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 2.65, tail, 3.82, tarsus 0.9 inch.
Hab. Turkestan east to the valley of the Tarim and the Lob-nor, where it is resident.
Frequents dense bush thickets amongst which it creeps like a mouse and appears to prefer those composed of Halimodendron and Nitraria schoberi. It runs swiftly on the ground amongst the roots of the bushes, where it probably obtains its food which consists chiefly at least in the autumn and winter of the berries of Nitraria schoberi. In the desert it is generally found on the oases where there are bushes. In flight it makes a noise with the wings reminding one of a Hazelgrouse rising. Its call- note is a whistle and a peculiar harsh sound, and its song which is clear and pleasing, is usually heard in the morning and even¬ing as late as November. In the autumn and winter they range about in small parties of 3-7 individuals. It breeds in April and places its nest in a dense bush about four feet above the ground, and constructs it of grass straws sheep’s wool and a few horsehairs. Prjevalsky found a nest in August containing young, but the eggs of this species are as yet unknown.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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207. Rhopophilus albisuperciliaris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
White Browned Babbler
Rhopophilus pekinensis albosuperciliaris
Vol. 1

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