My apologies for posting the finished version of the Deignan's Babbler painting in this post later than I said. Since I don't own a scanner, I had to go to the campus the scan the pictures there. As I have written in the earlier post, there are only few slight differences between the Deignan's and Rufous-fronted Babbler. I painted the Deignan'ss according to the original text described by H. G. Deignan in 1939 as follow.
Description. Front and crown dull, dark rufous, with incon-spicuous dark shaft-streaks; upper parts, including wings and tail,dark olivaceous-brown; lores and feathers above eye pure gray;ear coverts olive-brown; edge of wing, under wing coverts, andaxillaries pale gray; chin and upper throat pale gray with con-spicuous black shaft-streaks and sharply defined from the remainingunder parts; lower throat and upper breast olivaceous-buff, changingto a dull, light olivaceous-brown on rest of breast, abdomen, flanks,and under tail coverts the whole bird below darker and dullerthan any race of rufifrons. Irides red; bill dark gray; feet, toes, andclaws olive (fide De Schauensee).
I found it really difficult to be precise but I tried my best. I got confused with the description of bill colour. He only mentioned that it is dark grey. I'm not sure whether it's completely dark grey or not since Rufous-fronted Babbler also has greyish bill but with faint pinkish colouration at the base of the lower mandible, so I put a little pink to the lower mandible of the Deignan's as well, but much less than in Rufous-fronted's. Any comments and critics are welcomed!
|Deignan's Babbler (left) with Rufous-fronted Babblers|
among Impatiens psittacina
|Note 'pure' grey lores and feathers above eye, pale grey throat, darker rufous crown|
|Rufous-fronted Babbler (Stachyris rufifrons rufifrons)|
|Note paler overall plumage, grey eyebrow with olive tinged|