(282) Cyanoderma erythroptera erythroptera.
THE RED-WINGED BABBLER,
Timalia erythroptera Blyth, J. A. S. B , xi, p. 794 (1842) (Malay). Cyanoderma erythropterum. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 166.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Forehead, supercilium, ear-coverts, sides of the head and neck, chin, throat and breast clear plumbeous; abdomen, flanks, vent and under tail-coverts fulvous-brown; upper plumage rufescent brown ; wings and tail bright ferruginous.
Colours of soft parts. Iris madder-red t© deep brown; orbital skin light to dull smalt blue; bill dark plumbeous or brownish blue,, lower mandible paler; legs, feet and claws very pale greenish or yellowish white.
Measurements. Total length about 140 mm.; wing 56 to 60 mm tail about 50 mm.; tarsus about 20 mm.; culmen about 13 to 14 mm.
Distribution. From the extreme South of Tenasserim down the Malay Peninsula to Borneo and Sumatra.
Nidification. Nests taken by Davison and others in March and April are described as balls of grass or reed-leaves about 6 inches in diameter and placed in bushes. The eggs, two or three in number,, are glossy china-white spotted with reddish all over but most numerously at the larger end. In shape they are obtuse ovals. Five eggs in my collection average about 16.9 x 13.6 mm.
Eggs taken by Messrs. Hopwood and Mackenzie are described as unspotted white with a bluish tinge.
Habits. Said to be very common in the evergreen parts of Tenasserim and the Malay Peninsula, haunting brushwood, small trees and cane-brakes in parties, working the foliage for insects much like a Titmouse and uttering a "sharp, metallic rolling sound, which it utters chiefly when alarmed, but also at other times " (Davison).