158. Erythrocichla bicolor.
The Ferruginous Babbler.
Brachypteryx bicolor, Less. Rev. Zool. 1839, p. 138. Malacopteron ferruginosum, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 383 (1814); Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 273; Hume, Cat. no. 396 quat. Trichastoma bicolor (Less.), Blyth, Cat. p. 147; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 226. Trichostoma ferruginosum (Blyth), Blyth, Ibis, 1865, p. 47; Oates, B. B. i, p. 58. Erythrocichla bicolor (Less.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 551.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage ferruginous, the crown brighter; upper tail-coverts and tail chestnut; lores dull white or pale fulvous; sides of the "head like the crown; lower plumage white, suffused with brownish on the breast and less so on the sides of the body.
Legs and feet fleshy white; upper mandible dirty white, lower dark brown ; iris pale wood-brown (Hume & Davison).
Length about 6.5; tail 2.4; wing 3.1 ; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, extending down to the Malay peninsula and to Sumatra and Borneo.
Habits, &c. According to Davison this bird is strictly a ground-bird, only flying up into trees when disturbed.