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SXACHYRTS. 265 ■whistle. It is purely insectivorous, finding its food in the lower •cover and but seldom descending to the ground.

(271) Stacliyris nigriceps coltarti.

The Assam Black-throated Babbler.

Stachi/ris ni(/ricp/)s coltarti Ilarington, Bull. B. 0. C, x.xxiii, p. Gl (1913) (Marfrherita).

Vernacular names. Dao-riaphowi (Cachari).

Description. Differs from S. n. nhjriceps in having no white •edges to the featliers of the chin aiul throat.

Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in that bird.

Distribution. Assam south of the Brahmaputra, Western Burma and Bhamo Hills, South to Tenasserim but not including that state. Birds from the Southern Shan States are intermediate between this and the next form but nearer the latter.

Nidification and Habits as in the Sikkim bird but keeping to lower levels. It is more common below 3,000 feet than above this height. Two hundred eggs average 19-1 x l-I'T mm.

(272) Stachyris nigriceps davisoni.

The Malay Grey-throated Babbler.

Stacki/n's daviso)ii Sharpe, Ball. B. O. C, i, p. 7 (1892) (Pahang).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Differs from the two preceding forms in having the throat ashv-grey; the ear-coverts are hair-bfown and the upper plumage is suffused with rufous.

Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in /S. n. nigriceps.

Distribution. S. Tenasserim, Peninsular Siam and Malay Penin- sula. Birds from the Eastern Burmese hills as far North as Ivarenni are also of this race as are those from the Shan States.

Nidification and Habits differ in no way from those of the preceding forms. The eggs average about 19-2 x 1 i"8 mm.

(273) Stachyris chrysaea chrysaea.

The Nepal Golden-headed Babbler.

Stachjris chryma Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiii, p. 379 (1844) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 163.

Vernacular names. Sijalc-hirang-plw (Lepcha).

Description. Forehead golden-yellow; crown and nape the «ame streaked with black; lores and a short moustachial streak black; ear-coverts oil-yellow; upper parts, sides of neck and ex- posed parts of wings bright olive-yellow; tail brown washed with yellow on the outer webs; entire lower plumige bright yellow.