106. Argya gularis.
The White-throated Babbler.
Chatorhea gularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 478 (1855) ; Jerd. Ibis, 1862, p. 19; Blanf. Ibis, 1870, p. 466; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 124; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 639, pl. xlviii; Hume, Cat. no. 439 bis; Oates, S. F. x, p. 209. Crateropus gularis (Blyth), Oates, B. B. i, p. 31. Argya gularis (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 396.
Coloration. Forehead and a line on either side as far as the eye grey, each feather with a black streak; crown, hind neck, back, and scapulars ruddy brown, the feathers with dark brown shaft-stripes ; rump and upper tail-coverts olive-brown, the latter with faint stripes ; tail olive-brown, cross-rayed ; exposed parts of wings olive-brown, some of the greater coverts indistinctly dark-shafted ; ear-coverts and sides of the neck ruddy brown; lores black; chin, throat, cheeks, and upper breast white; remainder of lower plumage ferruginous.
I omitted to note the colour of the soft parts of this bird when in Burma and no one else appears to have recorded them.
Length about 10.5; tail 5.5; wing 3.2 ; tarsus 1.4; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The valley of the Irrawaddy river from Prome to Bhamo.
Habits, &c. This species is very common round Thayetmyo, living in bamboo-jungle and entering compounds and gardens. It associates in small flocks, feeds on the ground, and is as noisy as its congeners.