205. Argya caudata

205. Indian Bush-Babbler.
Argya caudata (Dumeril), Dict. Class. d’Hist. Nat. x. p. 219 (1826) ; (Hume and Henderson) Lahore to Yark., p. 197, pl. ix. ; Sharps, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. vii p. 393 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds i. P. 106 ; A. huttoni (Blyth), J. As. Soc. Beng. xvi. p. 476 (1817) ; Blanf. E. Pers. ii. p. 203, pl. xiii. fig. 1 : Sharpe, t. c. p. 394 ; A. eclipes (Hume), S. Feath, v. p. 337 ; Sharpe, t. c. p. 394.
Dumri, Ghilchil, Peng, Hindu ; Huni, Tam.
Male ad. (India). Upper parts brown with a fulvous tinge streaked with dark brown ; wings brown, the quills lighter on the outer web, the shafts dark ; tail olivaceous brown darker barred, the shafts of the feathers dark ; lores brown ; ear-coverts rufescent ; under parts pale fulvous, the chin, throat and middle of abdomen isabelline ; sides of the breast slightly striated ; bill light brown, yellow below at the base ; legs yellow ; iris brown. Culmen 0.7, wing 3.2, tail 4.7, tarsus 1.1 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Eastern and Southern Persia, Afghanistan, the whole of India proper, and the Laccadive and Ramesoaram Islands.
Frequents bush-covered localities, gardens, &c, and is generally found in small flocks and is often to be seen on the ground where it hops about in search of insects which form its chief food. Its flight is weak and peculiar, and seldom extended further than from bush to bush. It breeds late in March or early in April and places its nest in a tuft of grass or in a small bush or tree from three to four feet above the ground. The nest is deep cup-shaped neatly constructed of grass, fine roots, &c, and lined with the same materials or horsehair, and the eggs 3 or 4 in number are clear blue with a faint greenish tinge, unspotted, and in size average about 0.82 by 0.64.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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205. Argya caudata
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Indian Bush Babbler
Common Babbler
Turdoides caudata
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