114. Crateropus rufescens.
The Ceylonese Babbler.
Malacocercus rufescens, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 453 (1847); id. Cat. p. 141; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 497, pi. xxi, fig. 2. Layardia rufescens (Blyth), Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 300; Legge, S. F. iii, p. 368 ; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 386; id. Cat. no. 437 bis. Crateropus rufescens (Blyth), Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. i, p. 81.
Coloration. Whole upper plumage, ear-coverts, tail, and exposed parts of wings rufous-brown; lower plumage from the chin downwards ferruginous, becoming browner on the flanks, vent, and under tail-coverts ; tail indistinctly cross-rayed.
Iris white, yellowish white, or greenish white ; bill orange-yellow, deepest on the basal half ; legs and feet dull chrome-yellow; claws yellowish horn; orbital skin and eyelid pale greenish yellow (Legge).
Length about 10; tail 4.6; wing 4; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The island of Ceylon, throughout the damper portions.
Habits, &c. Appears to breed in May, and in one instance the nest was placed among some creepers growing up a tree. The eggs measure .94 by .74.