Malacocercus griseus, Latham.
433. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 60; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 400.
THE WHITE-HEADED BABBLER.
Length, 9; wing, 4 ; tail, 4; tarsus, 1.25 ; bill at front, 0.55.
Bill yellowish; irides yellowish-white; legs fleshy-yellow.
Head, lores and nape, fulvescent or dirty-whitish; plumage above darker brown than the last, the feathers with pale shafts; quills not barred; tail brown, very faintly barred, and the outer feathers tipped pale; beneath the chin and throat are mixed brown and ashy, conspicuously darker than the neighbouring parts, each feather being ashy at the base, and with a dark band, tipped paler; as the pale tip gets worn away, the dark tinge becomes more apparent; from the breast the rest of the lower parts are pale fulvescent, inclining to rufescent.
The White-headed Babbler is common at and near Belgaum, where it is a permanent resident, breeding from April to July.