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.