203. Argya squamiceps

203. PALESTINE BUSH-BABBLER.
ARGYA SQUAMICEPS.
Argya squamiceps (Cretzschm) in Rupp. Atlas, p. 19, Taf. 12 (1826) ; Dresser, iii. p. 23, pl. 98, fig. 2 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. vii. p. 395 ; C. chalybeus. Bp. C. B. xliii. p. 765. ad. (Palestine). Upper parts wings and tail greyish-dust-brown ; feathers on the crown, sides of head and back with lighter margins and dark brown centres ; under parts paler ; the chin, centre of the throat and of the abdomen nearly white ; feathers on the throat and breast with dark centres ; flanks and under tail-coverts washed with warm buff ; bill horn-brown, yellowish at the base ; legs light brown ; iris reddish brown. Culmen 1.0, wing 4.3, tail 5.7, tarsus 2.45 inch, outer tail-feather 2 inches shorter than the middle one. Sexes alike. The young bird resembles the adult, but the plumage is rather loose and lax.
Hab. Palestine and Arabia Petraea.
It is said to be sociable and noisy and usually collects in small parties. It runs on the ground with ease, and when followed runs from bush to bush. It frequents bush-covered places on the plains and feeds almost entirely on the berries of the zizyphus or jujube. Its nest which is a large clumsy structure, is built entirely of strips of bark and is placed in the middle of a thorn-bush, and the eggs, 4 to 6 in number, are usually deposited in April, are rich dark greenish blue and measure about 1.05 by 0.75.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
203. Argya squamiceps
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
203
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
144
Common name: 
Palestine Bush Babbler
M_ID: 
24704
M_CN: 
Arabian Babbler
M_SN: 
Turdoides squamiceps
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10605

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