184. Turdoides terricolor

(184) Turdoides terricolor malabaricus (Jerdon).
Turdoides terricolor malabaricus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 192.
The range of this race of Jungle-Babbler is all India South of that of the preceding bird.
Unlike the Bengal subspecies, the present one is far more of a forest bird, though it also breeds in scrub-jungle and, less often, even in small patches of scrub in open waste lands. It is never, at all events so far as any observer has recorded his observations, a frequenter of gardens and orchards in or alongside villages which are so often occupied by the Bengal race for breeding purposes. It also ascends much higher up the many hill-ranges of Southern India, being found in the Nilgiris up to at least 6,000 feet.
The nest is similar to that of T. t. terricolor and, like that of that bird, is placed in bushes, small trees and miscellaneous scrub. Betham took most of his nests in thick bushes, low down, in scrub- jungle. Davison recorded his nests as “generally placed in the middle of some thick thorny bush and cannot be got at without paying the penalty of well-scratched hands.” Macpherson, on the contrary, says that “it does not select thorny bushes for building in, its nests being generally found in small trees or bamboo clumps.” Finally, A. P. Kinloch “took most nests in bamboo clumps in mixed scrub and bamboo jungle, often at considerable elevations.”
The breeding season is most irregular and very prolonged, and Betham thinks they breed twice and possibly several times in the year. Nests with eggs have been found in almost every month but, on the whole, May and June are the two favourites, the same birds often breeding a second time in October to December. In Travancore Bourdillon and Stewart record January to March as the principal breeding months, though they also say that the breeding is very fitful and irregular.
Normally three or four eggs is a full clutch, five being quite exceptional. They cannot be distinguished from others of the species.
Thirty eggs average 25.4 x 19.7 mm. : maxima 27.0 x 19.8 and 25.5 x 20.7 mm. ; minima 23.1 x 19.8 and 24.0 x 19.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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184. Turdoides terricolor
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sourn Jungle Babbler
Jungle Babbler
Turdoides striata
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