174. Stachyrhidopsis pyrrhops.
The Red-billed Babbler.
Stachyris pyrrhops, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 379 (1844) ; Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 83 (1844); id. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 23; Blyth, Cat. p. 150; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 232; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 21; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 36; Cock & Marsh. S. F. i, p. 354; Hume, N. A} E. p. 243; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 237; Hume, Cat. no. 392. Stachyridopsis pyrrhops (Hodgs), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 600; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 114.
The Red-billed Wren-Babbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead and anterior half of crown fulvous, blending with the olive-brown of the upper plumage, the feathers of the forehead, crown, and mantle dark-shafted; lores and chin black, the lower portion of the latter barred with white; sides of the head fulvous; lower plumage rather brighter fulvous, the sides of the body, flanks, thighs, and under tail-coverts tinged with olivaceous.
Upper mandible dark brown, lower fleshy pink tinged blue ; legs, feet, and claws brownish fleshy; iris red(Hume Coll.). Iris blood-red ; bill sordid sanguine (Jerdon).
Length about 5; tail 2.2; wing 2.1; tarsus .7; bill from gape .65.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Murree to Nepal. This species does not appear to occur in Sikhim. It ranges up to 7000 feet.
Habits, &c. Breeds in June and probably in other months, making a cup-shaped nest of dry reed-leaves lined with grass in a bush. The eggs are white speckled with reddish, and measure .66 by .51.