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258 TiMALiiu.?:, Distril)ution. Peninsular Eurma and Siam and X. Malay Penin- sula.

Nidification. Nothing recorded.

Habits. According to Davison this Babbler is almost en- tirely arboreal, hunting about in trees and buslies in small parties or in pairs and neer descending to the ground. It is said to be a purely forest bird and to be entirely insectivorous in its diet.

(264) Horizillas magnirostre.

The BEOw^•-HEADED Teke-Babbler.

A/cij]j)e magnirostre Moore, P. Z. S., 1854 p. 277 (^lalacca).
Mahicopteri(m mcty)nrostre. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 151.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Forehead, crown, nape and back olive-brown, the feathers of the forehead with black shafts; wing-coverts and ex- posed parts of quills rufescent olive; upper tail-coverts and tail bright chestnut-brown; feathers round the e5'e white; lores and an obsolete stripe over the eye grey; cheeks and ear-coverts deep

ishy, the latter with paler shafts; entire lower plumage dull ubite,

w ashed with ashy on breast, flanks, thighs and under tail-coverts.

Colours of soft parts. Iris cinnabar-red to lake; bill, legs and feet as in the last birtl but less blue.

Measurements. Length about 160 to 170 mm.; wing 80 to 85 mm. : tail about 55 to 57 mm.; tarsus about 21 mm.; culmen about 1.5 to ] 6 mm.

Distribution. Extreme South of Tenasserim, extending South down the Malay Peninsula and East to Cochin China.

Nidification. Xothing recorded. Two eggs from the Water- stradt collection, said to have been taken on 14. 2. 1901 in East Malacca, are very pale yellow-creamy white with a few specks of light red principally in the centre of the egg-shell. In shape they are almost ellipses, with fine, close t*»xture but almost glossless. They measure 21-8 x 16"0 and 21-3 x 15*5.

Habits. As far as is known similar to those of the last bird. Genus ERYTHROCICHLA ,Sharpe, 1883. This genus is very close to the last but differs in its shorter wing and it is apparently a ground bird.

(265) Erythrocichla bicolor.

The FEr.KUGiNuus Babbler.

Brachjipteri/.r hicolor Less., Rev. Zool., 18.39, p. 1.38 (Sumatra).
Erytlirociclda bivolor. lilanf. & Oates, i, p. 152.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole upper plumage ferruginous, the crown and