(899) Abrornis schisticeps schisticeps.
The Black-Faced Flycatcher-Warbler.
Culicipeta schisticeps Hodgs., Gray, Cat. M. & B. Nepal, p. 67 (1846) (Nepal). Abrornis schisticeps. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 430.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Lores, round the eye and a line across the forehead black; forehead above this black line and broad supercilium to the nape bright deep yellow; crown, nape, hind neck and upper back slaty grey-blue; upper plumage and visible wing-coverts olive-green, rump brighter and more yellow; wing-quills dark brown, edged with green; tail brown, the feathers edged with green, the two outermost pairs white on the inner webs; chin, throat, upper breast, flanks and under tail-coverts bright yellow, paling to white on the centre of the abdomen and vent.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown; bill dark horny above, pale below; legs and feet pale yellowish brown.
Measurements. Total length about 100 to 105 mm.; wing 40 to 48 mm.; tail 40 to 42 mm.; tarsus about 17 mm.; culmen 9 to 10 mm.
The young bird is very pale, but not conspicuously brighter.
Distribution. .Nepal, Sikkim and Assam, North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Gammie obtained a nest of this species in Sikkim, at about 5,500 feet, on the 26th May. The nest, which consisted merely of a pad of dead bamboo-leaves, was placed in a natural hole, about five feet from the ground, in a small tree standing in an open space in forest. It contained five eggs, dull pinkish white in ground-colour profusely speckled and blotched with reddish. The five eggs varied in length between 14.2 and 14.5 mm., and in breadth between 10.4 and 10.7 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus but, perhaps, keeping more to forest or to thick secondary growth mixed with bamboo-jungle. Like the other birds of this genus it has a very sweet little song.