189. Turdoides rufescens

(189) Turdoides rufescens.

THE CEYLONESE BABBLER.

Malacocercus rufescens Blyth, J. A. S. B., xvi, p. 453 (1847) (Ceylon). Crateropus rufesce?is. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 114.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole upper plumage and exposed parts of wings rufous-brown; lower plumage ferruginous, browner on flanks, vent and under tail-coverts ; tail faintly cross-rayed.

Measurements. Length about 250 to 260 mm.; wing about 96 to 104 mm.; tail about 115 to 120 mm.; tarsus about 32 mm.; culmen about 19 to 20 mm.

Colours of soft parts. 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).

Distribution. Ceylon, throughout the damper portions.

Nidification. According to Legge this Babbler breeds in March, April and May, making a nest similar to that of striatus but very carefully concealed. Two eggs taken by Mr. MacVicar at Bolgodole measure 24.1 x 18.0 mm. and 23.3 x 17.9 mm. Two taken for me by Mr. W. A. T. Kellow measure 24.2 x 18.1 mm. and 24.0 x 17.8 mm. They cannot be distinguished from those of striatus.

Habits. The Ceylonese Babbler seems to be a bird of the forest and jungle rather than a frequenter of village scrub and open country. Mr. W. Phillips informs me that it is not uncommon in the Matagama district but that it keeps much to forest.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
189. Turdoides rufescens
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
189
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
195
Common name: 
Ceylonese Babbler
M_ID: 
24733
M_CN: 
Orange-billed Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides rufescens
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
2598

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