189. Turdoides rufescens

(189) Turdoides rufescens (Blyth).
THE CEYLONESE RUFOUS BABBLER.
Turdoides rufescens, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 195.
The Ceylonese Babbler is found in the damp districts of Ceylon on the West from the foot-hills to the highest levels and is restricted to the most heavily forested areas, where, however, it is said to be also not uncommon in dense bamboo- and scrub-jungle.
Very little is known about its nidification. Legge in his ‘ Birds of Ceylon’ writes : “It breeds in the Western Provinces in March, April and May and constructs a nest similar to the last, of grass and small twigs, mixed, perhaps, with a few leaves, and placed among creepers surrounding the trunks of trees, or in a low fork of a tree. It conceals its habitation, according to Layard, with great care, and I am aware myself that few nests have been found. It lays two or three eggs of a deep greenish blue and pointed ovals in shape—two which were taken by Mr. MacVicar at Belgodde measuring 0.95 x 0.75 inch and 0.92 x 0.74 inch.”
Two eggs taken for me by Mr. W. A. T. Kellow are just like those of Turdoides s. striatus and measure 24.2 x 18.1 and 24.0 x 17.8 mm. I have also two eggs which I bought from Lazarus, in Slave Island, and saw the skin of one of the parents. These measure 24.3 x 18.0 and 25.1 x 19.0 mm. and are probably quite correct. The nest, which had, unfortunately, been thrown away, was said to have been made of twigs, coarse grass and roots, lined with the latter.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
189. Turdoides rufescens
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
189
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
157
Common name: 
Ceylonese Babbler
M_ID: 
24733
M_CN: 
Orange-billed Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides rufescens
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13395

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