111. Crateropus griseus.
The White-headed Babbler.
Turdus griseus, Gm. Syst. Nat. i, p. 824 (1788). Malacocercus griseus (Gm.), Jerd. Ill. Ind. Orn. pl. 19; Blyth, Cat. p. 141; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 220; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 60; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 807; Hume, N. & E. p. 271; id. Cat. no 483; Damson, S. F. x, p. 381; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 179. Crateropus griseus (Gm.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 480; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 78,
Khyr, Hind.; Chinda or Sida, Tel,; Kalli-Kuravi, Tam.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, lores, and round the eye dingy greyish white, sometimes extending over the hind neck; upper plumage ashy brown, the feathers of the back with white shaft-stripes and a black streak on both webs ; quills black, narrowly edged on the outer webs with ashy; tail ashy brown on the basal half and dark brown on the terminal half, which is tipped with whitish ; tail and tertiaries cross-rayed with blackish ; cheeks and ear-coverts dark brown ; chin, throat, and breast black, with ashy margins to the feathers; middle of abdomen fulvous ; remainder of lower plumage brown.
Legs, feet, claws, bill, and orbital skin dead white, slightly tinged with yellow ; iris creamy white (Davison).
Length about 9 ; tail 4; wing 4 ; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape .9.
This species is a fairly well marked one, being recognizable by its whitish head and dark ear-coverts.
Distribution. Southern India from the extreme south up to about a line drawn from Ellore through Secunderabad to Belgaum.
Habits, &c. Breeds apparently throughout the year, constructing a nest of grass-stems and roots in trees and bushes, not far off the ground. The eggs measure .95 by .68.