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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
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
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Common name: 
White Headed Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler
Turdoides affinis
Vol. 1
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