185. Rimator malacoptilus

185. Rimator malacoptilus.

The Long-billed Babbler.

Rimator malacoptilus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, pp. 155, 864, 878 (1847) ; id. Cat. p. 338; Horsf. M. Cat. ii, p. 717; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 493; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 196; Hume, Cat. no. 335 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 594; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 121. Caulodromus gracei, Gray Mitch. Gen. Birds, i, p. 143, pl. 44, fig. 4. Merva jerdonii, Hodgs. Calc. Journ. N. H. viii, p. 46, pl. iii, fig. 2 (1847).
The Long-billed Wren, Jerd.; Karriak-tungbrek-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, sides of the neck, and mantle dark rufescent brown, with very distinct fulvous shaft-streaks ; the feathers of the back with the inner webs black, and the outer webs brown and with pale fulvous shafts ; rump, upper tail-coverts, and tail plain rufescent; wing-coverts and the outer webs of the quills rufous-brown, the former with pale shafts; lores fulvous; ear-coverts rufous-ashy with paler shafts; cheeks mingled black and fulvous, with a black line above; chin fulvous white; throat, breast, and abdomen rufescent brown, with large pale fulvous shaft-streaks ; sides of body and thighs plain rufescent brown ; vent and under tail-coverts ferruginous.

Bill dark horny, fleshy at the base; legs brownish red; iris light brown (Jerdon).

Length nearly 5; tail 1; wing 2.3; tarsus .9; bill from gape .95.

Distribution. Sikhim and Manipur, only at considerable elevations. There are some specimens of this bird in the British Museum, collected by Hodgson, but it is not clear whether they were obtained in Nepal or in Sikhim.

Habits, &c. As remarked by Jerdon, this species is probably a ground feeder in thick brushwood, and its food consists of insects.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
185. Rimator malacoptilus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
185
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
175
Common name: 
Long Billed Babbler
M_ID: 
24558
M_CN: 
Long-billed Wren-Babbler
M_SN: 
Rimator malacoptilus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
249

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