441. Abrornis schisticeps.
The Black-faced Flycatcher-Warbler.
Culipeta schisticeps, Hodgs., Gray, Cat. Mamm. etc. Nepal, pp. 67, 153 (1846). Abrornis schisticeps (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 183; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 330; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 201 ; Hume, Cat. no. 571 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 274. Abrornis melanops, Jerd. & Blyth, P. Z. S. 1861, p. 200. Cryptolopha schisticeps (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 400.
The Black-eared Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead and a broad supercilium bright yellow; crown, nape, upper back, ear-coverts, and sides of the neck slaty blue; lores, cheeks, and round the eye black; chin, throat, breast, and under tail-coverts bright yellow; abdomen and vent white; upper plumage and edges of the wing- and tail-feathers olive-green ; the two outer pairs of tail-feathers dull white on the inner webs ; no spots on the greater coverts.
Length about 4; tail 1.7; wing 1.9; tarsus .65; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Garhwal to Sikhim at moderate elevations.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim at the end of May, making a small nest of bamboo-leaves in a hole of a tree and laying five eggs. They are pinkish white, mottled and streaked with red, with a tendency to form a zone at the larger end. They measure .57 by .42.