Oreocincla mollissima

Hitherto this species has been divided into two so-called species, 0. mollissima and 0. dixoni, the latter being said to differ in having a longer tail and more conspicuously barred wing-coverts. I have shown in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, xxxi, p. 81, that these alleged differences are not specific or even subspecific; the two supposed forms are found throughout the same range, i.e. from Chamba m the extreme North-East of India, to the South-East Shan States and Central Burmese Hills, at the same elevation.

A subspecies of this Oreocincla had, however, been overlooked until discovered by Captain C. H. T. "Whitehead on the extreme North-East Afghan-Indian frontier.

Key to Subspecies.

A. Upper parts rich olive-brown, tinged with
rufous O. m. mollissima, p 162.
B. Upper parts olive-grey with no rufous
tinge O. m. whiteheadi, p. 163.
C. Upper parts olive-brown, paler than in A
and with golden tinge O. m. simlaensis, p. 164.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
Oreocincla mollissima
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1924
Page No: 
162
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
3142

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