111. Crateropus griseus

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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
111. Crateropus griseus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
111
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
112
Common name: 
White Headed Babbler
M_ID: 
24734
M_CN: 
Yellow-billed Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides affinis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
148

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