Genus ARGYA

The birds of this genus differ from the Laughing-Thrushes in many points of structure. The covering-membrane of the nostril is partially clothed with plumes and the feathers of the forehead and those round the base of the bill are short, firm, and close. The tail is also relatively much longer and greatly graduated, each outer feather being only about half the Length of the tail.

The Babblers of this genus are found all over the plains of India and Burma. They associate in small flocks, keep to the ground or near it, and are very noisy when disturbed. They make cup-shaped nests, chiefly in high grass, and lay unspotted blue eggs. Many of the species resemble each other closely.

Key to the Species.

a. Head and back distinctly streaked with blackish or very dark brown.
a1. Chin and throat rufous, with streaks……………….A. earlii, p, 105,
b1. Chin and throat white or very pale fulvous, without streaks.
a2. Lower plumage pale fulvous……………….A. caudata, p. 106.
b2. Lower plumage ferruginous……………….A. gularis, p. 107.
b. Head not streaked; back with oval brown spots……………….A. malcolmi, p. 108.
c. Upper plumage entirely unstreaked.
c1. Chin and throat rufous, lores dark……………….A. subrufa, p. 109.
d1. Chin and upper throat white, lores white……………….A. longirostris, p. 109.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus ARGYA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
105
M_ID: 
24689
M_SN: 
Turdoides
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
139

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