Page:The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma (Birds Vol 1).djvu/288

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Colours of soft parts. Iris brownish red; bill brownish flesh; legs and feet Hesh-grey {Bahault).

Measurements. Wing 68 to 7-i mm.; tail 57 to 62 mm.; tarsus 28 mm. {Wells).

Distribution. North Ceylon. Nidification unknown.

Habits. This form is purely a dry district form, whereas the last bird inhabits the wet portions of the island.

(251) Pellorneum nigricapitatum.

The Black-capped Babbler.

Brachyptery.v iiir/rimpiUita Eytou, P.Z. S., 1839, p. 10.3 (Malaya).
Drymocafnplnis niyricapitatus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 145.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. The lores, a broad supercilium reaching to the nape and the cheeks grey, each feather with a white shaft-stripe; ear-coverts ashy-rufous with Avhitish shafts; a very narrow moustachial stripe black; forehead, crown and nape black; the whole upper plumage, tail and exposed parts of the Aving deep ferruginous brown; chin and throat white; sides of neck and the whole lower plumage ferruginous, brightest on the breast atid tinged with brown on the flauks, lower abdomen, vent and under tail-coverts.

Colours of soft parts. Iris rhubarb-red; upper mandible black, lower fleshy-white; legs and feet fleshy-white, slightly tinged with brown or reddish-horn^'.

Measurements. Total length about 170 to 180 jum.; wing 69 to 72 mm.; tail about 52 to 54 mm.; tarsus about 28 mm.; culmen about 17 mm.

Distribution. Tenasserim and S.W. Siam, down the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.

Nidification. Davison describes the nest as being built on the ground, of coarse fern roots on a foundation of twigs and leaves. It was placed at the base of a small clump of ferns and contained two eggs. They are described as creamy- white, densely speckled all over with inky-purple and purplish brown. They measure 20-8 X 15-7 mm.

Habits. The Black-capped Babbler appears to be more essen- tially a ground bird than any of its relations. Davison says that he never found it off the ground, and even when pressed to flight it always alighted again on the ground. It has the same shy, skulking habits of the birds of this and the last genus, and inhabits dense cover, most often in heavy forest. Its note is said to be a single loud call, and it is usually found alone or in pairs *.

  • Drymocataphus ruhiginosus Walden, A. M. N. H. xv, p. 402 (1875) (Karennee)

are nothing but voimj' Pomatoi-hini of some kind.