(269) Thringorhina guttata.
TICKELL'S SPOTTED BABBLER.
Turdinus guttatus Blyth, J. A. S. B., xxvii, p. 414 (1859) (Muleyit Mt.). Thringorhina guttata. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 155.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. 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 terminal portions of the mantle feathers black with long, white, oval drops ; remaining upper plumage rich golden-brown, the rump, tail and the outer webs of the wing-quills 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 white margins to the feathers, which, with those of the abdomen, have also whitish shafts.
Colours of soft parts. Iris crimson-lake ; bill black, lower mandible and commissure plumbeous; legs and feet pale dingy green (Hume & Davison).
Measurements. Total length about 180 mm.; wing 66 to 69 mm.; tail about 56 to 58 mm.; tarsus about 25 mm.; culmen about 17 to 18 mm.
Distribution. The mountains of Peninsular Burma and Siam. It has been obtained on Muleyit, on the Thaungyin River, at Malewun in the extreme south of Tenasserim and in Kao Nawng and Trang in Siam.
Habits. According to Davison,Tickell's Spotted Babbler is found in small parties haunting jungle, both forest- and more open bamboo-jungle, in the lower hills. For the most part it keeps to the undergrowth but. he never saw it actually on the ground, whereas the Nagas describe the last bird as frequently hunting for food amongst the fallen leaves.