161. Thringorhina guttata.
Tickell's Spotted Babbler.
Turdinus guttatus (Tick), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 414 (1859); Tick. J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 450 ; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 115 ; Walden, Ibis, 1876, p. 353 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 264; Hume, Cat. no. 390 sex.; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 179. Stachyrhis guttata (Tick.), Oates, S. F. v, p. 251 ; id. B. B. i, p. 49; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 535.
Coloration. Lores and forehead white, with black streaks ; round the eye black; a large patch of white below the eye, bounded by a black moustachial streak; ear-coverts ashy brown ; a white supercilium to the nape, bordered above by black; sides of neck and the terminal portions of the feathers of the mantle black, with long oval white drops ; remaining upper plumage rich golden brown, the rump, tail, and the outer webs of the quills of the wing tinged with deep rufous; chin and upper throat white; remainder of lower parts ruddy ferruginous, the flanks and under tail-coverts tinged with olivaceous, the breast with very narrow obsolete white margins to the feathers, which, with those of the abdomen, have also whitish shafts.
Legs and feet pale dingy green; lower mandible and edge of upper along commissure plumbeous; rest of bill black ; iris crimson-lake (Hume Davison).
Length nearly 7 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 2.7 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The slopes of Muleyit mountain at Meetan; the Thoungyeen river ; Malawun, at the extreme south of Tenasserim.
Habits, &c. Davison tells us that this bird is in general an inhabitant of forests, whether composed of thick jungle or more open bamboo vegetation, and that it apparently never descends to the ground.