Malacocercus malcolmi

Malacocercus malcolmi, Sykes.

436. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 64; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 472 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 401 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 133 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 67.

THE LARGE GREY BABBLER.

Length, 11 ; wing, 4.6; tail, 5.75; tarsus, 1.3; bill at front 0.9.

Bill horny; irides light-yellow ; legs dirty-yellow.

Above of a pale brownish-grey, lighter and more cinereous on the rump ; quills and middle rectrices darker, the latter with some faint cross bands, and the lateral feathers whitish; forehead pale-bluish, the feathers with white shafts ; the first three quills with the outer webs pale-yellowish; beneath uniform whitish-grey, with a tinge of fulvescent, or rufescent, most distinct on the breast and upper part of the abdomen.

The Large Grey Babbler is a permanent resident throughout the district, but is much less common in Sind than elsewhere.

It breeds nearly the whole year round, as I have taken eggs from January to the end of October. A small babool tree is generally selected as the site of the nest, and on a low branchy not more than 5 or 10 feet from the ground, it constructs a rather loosely woven, but neat cup-shaped, nest. The materials of which it is composed are generally dried grass and roots intermixed with fine twigs. The eggs, generally four in number, are indistinguishable from those of Malococercus terricolor.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Malacocercus malcolmi
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
180
Common name: 
Large Grey Babbler
M_ID: 
24703
M_CN: 
Large Grey Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides malcolmi
Term name: 
id: 
11576

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