204. Argya fulva

204. ALGERIAN BUSH-BABBLER.
ARGYA FULVA.
Argya fulva (Desfontaines) Mem. de l’Acad. Boy. Sci. 1787, p. 498, pl. xi. ; Dresser, iii. p. 21, pl. 98, fig. 1 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. vii. p. 397 ; Malurus numidicus, Levaill, jr. Expl. Scient. Alg. Atlas, Ois. pl. 9 bis, fig. 1 (1850).
Ad. (Algeria). Upper parts, wings and tail rufescent isabelline, faintly tinged with brown ; feathers on head and back with darker centres ; wings and tail externally margined with pale isabelline ; chin and upper throat white, the rest of under parts pale warm rufous isabelline ; the middle of abdomen creamy white ; bill blackish horn ; legs pale brownish yellow with a green tinge ; iris light brown. Culmen 0.9, wing 3.85, tail 5.5, tarsus 1.3 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Tripoli, Tunis, Algeria, and Morocco, where it is resident.
Frequents plains covered with bushes or low trees and is wary and extremely noisy and garrulous. It is usually seen in pairs or small parties and runs from bush to bush. Its food consists of insects, seeds, and small berries. Its note is very peculiar chur-chur-r-r, wheer wheer wheer. Its nest is a loose structure of sticks, fine roots, and straws lined with wool and feathers and is placed in a bush near the ground, and the eggs 3 or 4 in number are clear deep greenish blue.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
204. Argya fulva
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
204
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
144
Common name: 
Algerian Bush Babbler
M_ID: 
24701
M_CN: 
White-throated Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides gularis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
9948

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