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.