109. Argya longirostris.
The Small Rufous Babbler.
Pyctorhis longirostris, Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. 8. 1854, p. 104 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 408; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 16; Hume, Cat. no. 386; id. 8. F. ix, p. 250, xi, p. 137. Malacocercus (Layardia) rubiginosus, Godwin-Austen, P. Z. S. 1874, p. 47 ; id. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 164, pi. v; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 397; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, pp. 78, 202 ; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 24; Hume, 8. F. vii, p. 153. Timelia longirostris (Hodys.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 509.
The Larger Yellow-eyed Babbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Upper plumage, tail, and exposed parts of the closed wings deep reddish brown; lores, cheeks, chin, and upper throat white; the whole lower plumage and the ear-coverts ferruginous, becoming albescent on the abdomen ; tail cross-rayed.
Legs arid feet brown, darker on feet; bill black; iris white, bluish white (Hume).
Length nearly 10; tail 4.6 ; wing 3 ; tarsus 1.2 ; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The Nepal Terai; the Bhutan and Buxa Doars ; Gowhatty ; Helem, Darrang district, Assam ; Sadiya ; Manipur ; Cachar.
Habits, &c- Godwin-Austen, who very rightly associates this bird with the Malacocerci, states that this species is essentially a grass-bird. It goes about in flocks of a dozen or so, flying through the grass one after another in a scattered line, and never abiding long in one place. Hume, who found it to be common in Manipur about the capital and the Logtak lake, says that it occurs about the ditches with their high grass hedgerows. Except, however, in the early mornings, it clings closely to the grass, showing itself but little and not being easy to shoot.