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SPEL.EOENIS. 455 noted, will be retained because it appears earlier on the same pa<^e than that of sinlumeiisis.

Nidification. The two specimens sent by Col. Harington to the British JNluseum were shot when building their nest in low scrub- jungle at the edge of dense forest.

Habits. //( cpislola Col. Harington says that they are the same determined liltle skulkers as the Sinlum Wren, with similar haunts, habits and voice.

(468) Spelaeornis longicaudatus reptatus.

Bingham's Long-tailed Wren.

TJrocichla reptuta Biuohani, Bull. B. 0. C, xiii, p. 0;f (1903) (Loi-paug-Nan, Mekong A^alley).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Similar to sinlumensis but with winjrs more cinnamon-chestnut, below all grey with no white on throat and breast and with the dark bars and paler spots obsolete; the sides of breast and flanks are more rufous.

Colours of soft parts. " Iris crimson; bill dark brown; legs and feet brown (^Forrest).

Measurements. Wing 47 mm.; tail damaged; tarsus 20 mm.;, culmen 13 mm.

Distribution. East of Kengtung on the Mekong Valley at about 7,000 feet and on the Shweli-Salwin Divide in Yunnan.

Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded and only one specimen obtained by Harington and a second by Forrest in Yunnan at about 8,000 feet in December 1919 in a thicket. Nests and eggs sent me by a collector from Thouugyi, Southern Shan States^ are probably of this race but the birds' skins sent are too frag- mentary to distinguish with any certainty. Tiie nests are exactly like those of the Assam Long-tailed Wren, as are the eggs which measure 18-5 x l-A-9 mm. The two clutches, each of tliree slightly incubated eggs, were taken on the 16tii and 28th April respectively.

(469) Spelaeornis longicaudatus oatesi.

Kippon's Long-tailed Wren.

TJrocichla oatesi Kippon, Bull. B. O. C, xiv, p. 83 (1904) (Mt. Victoria).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Upper plumage and wings fulvous-brown, with faint dark margins to the feathers and slightly more rufous on the rump and tail; lores, sides of forehead and cheeks grey; ear- coverts greyish-fulvous to golden-brown; below white with