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.