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.