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Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the last bird.

Distribution. Toungoo and Karen Hills, Yamethen, Upper Burma.

Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded.

This and the last bird are undoubtedly only races of P. ferruginosus, although the extremes of difference between birds from Nepal and birds from the Karen Hills are very great.

Pomatorhinus ruficollis. Key to Subspecies. A. Upper plumage ruddy biowu P. r. nrficolUs, p. 216. B. Upper plumage olive-brown P. r. b(i1;eri, p. 217.

(214) Pomatorhinus ruficollis ruficollis.

The Nepal Rufous-xeckei) Scimitar-Babbler.

Pomatorht77U)< rvJicolUs Hodgs., As. Res., xix, p. 182(1836) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 122.

Vernacular names. Bldakaroh (Parbnttiabs).

Description. Upper plumage, tail and closed wing ruddy brown; a broad white superciliuui from the nostrils to the nape; lores, under the eyes and ear-coverts black; sides of the neck bright ferruginous, extending to the hind neck aud forming a collar; chin, cheeks and throat white; lower throat, breast and centre of abdomen white streaked with olive-brown; sides of abdomen and breast, vent and inider tail-coverts olive-brown.

Colours of soft parts. Bill yellow, pale at the tip and witli three-quarters of the culmen nearly bhack; iris pale red to crim- son; eyelid plumbeous; feet pale brownish plumbeous, pale greyish or greenish plumbeous; claws brownish horny.

Measurements. Length about 105 to 20.5 mm.; wing 78 to 84 mm.; tail about 83 mm.; tarsus about 27 mm.; culmen about 20 mm. Young nestlings have the whole breast rusty red. The bill is entirely yellow.

Distribution. Himalayas, Nepal to Eastern Assam, North of the Brahmaputra.

Nidification. This Scimitar-Babbler breeds from the end of April to June from 4,000 to 0,000 feet, uiaking the usual ball- shaped nest of grass, bracken and fern fronds, etc., placed on the ground in grass, weeds or biish nudergrowtli. The egcs vary from three to five aud are white like all other Sciuiitar- Babblers but have very little gloss. Fifty eggs average about 23"6x 18*0 mm.

Habits. The Rufous-necked Scimitar-Babbler frequents eleva- tions between 3,000 and 6,000 feet, beiug found still lower in winter and higher in suuimer. Tt keeps much to forest with plentiful undergrowth, but also may be sometimes found on hill- sides covered mainly with long grass and bushes.