172. Stachyrhidopsis ruficeps

172. Stachyrhidopsis ruficeps.

The Red-headed Babbler.

Stachyris ruficeps, Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xvi, p. 452 (1847); id. Cat. p. 150; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 409; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 22; Hume, N. & E. p. 244; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 265 ; Hume, Cat. no. 393 ; Brooks, S. F. viii, p. 471. Stachyris praecognitus, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1866, p. 310; id. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 373. Stachyridopsis ruficeps (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 598 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 112.
The Red-headed Wren-Babbler, Jerd.; Syak-birang-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape chestnut, the frontal feathers with indications of black shafts; upper plumage, tail, and exposed parts of wings olive-green ; chin and upper throat pale yellow, with conspicuous black shafts; sides of the head and neck and entire lower plumage fulvous yellow, the sides of the body, thighs, vent, and under tail-coverts tinged with olivaceous.

Bill plumbeous above, reddish beneath : legs pale yellow-brown; iris bight brown (Jerdon).

Length about 5; tail 2; wing 2.1; tarsus .8; bill from gape .65.

Distribution. Nepal; Sikhim; Dibrugarh in Assam; extending into China.

Habits, &c. Brooks observes that this bird, so long as it finds dense cover, is indifferent about elevation. It has a low soft whistle. It breeds from April to June, constructing a nest of bamboo-leaves in bushes a few feet from the ground. The nest is generally domed, but not always. The eggs, which are white speckled with reddish, measure .68 by .52.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
172. Stachyrhidopsis ruficeps
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Red Headed Babbler
Rufous-capped Babbler
Stachyridopsis ruficeps
Vol. 1

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