Malacocercus somervillii

Malacocercus somervillii, Sykes.

435. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 63 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 400.

THE RUFOUS-TAILED BABBLER.

Length, 9.5; wing, 4.25; tail, 4; tarsus, 1.13; bill at front, 0.75.

Bill, horny-yellow; irides pale-yellow ; legs dirty-yellow.

Above ashy-brown, the feathers of the back barely lighter shafted, passing into rufescent on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; quills dark-brown on both webs; tail rufous-brown, obsoletely banded; beneath, the chin and throat are mixed dark-brown and ashy as in griseus; the upper part of the breast pale whity-brown, the feathers dark at their base; the lower breast, belly, vent, and under tail-coverts, rufescent.

The Rufous-tailed Babbler is a common permanent resident on the Sahyadri Range and the country adjacent. Mr. Hume says it is confined to a belt of country about 60 miles north and south of Bombay. In its breeding habits it resembles, its congeners.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Malacocercus somervillii
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
180
Common name: 
Rufous Tailed Babbler
M_ID: 
24729
M_SN: 
Turdoides striata somervillei
Term name: 
id: 
11575

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