440. Abrornis superciliaris.
The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-Warbler.
Abrornis superciliaris, Tick. J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 414 (1859) ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xl, pt. ii, p. 164; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 140; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 359 ; Anders. Yunnan Fxped., Aves, p. 626; Hume, Cat. no. 574 ; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 188; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 226; Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. i, p. 273. Abrornis albigularis, Jerd. & Blyth, P. Z. S. 1861, p. 200. Abrornis flaviventris, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 203 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 168. Abrornis griseifrons, G. R. Gray, Hume, Cat. no. 577 bis. Cryptolopha superciliaris (Tick.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 402; Oates, B. B.i, p. 273.
The Yellow-bellied Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead and crown, as far back as the eyes, grey; remainder of the upper plumage oil-yellow; a distinct white supercilium from the bill to the nape; lores and behind the eye brown; cheeks and ear-coverts mingled grey and white; chin, throat, and upper breast white; remainder of lower plumage bright yellow; wings black edged with olive-green; coverts pale brown edged with olive-green; tail brown, edged exteriorly with olive-brown and interiorly with pale rufous.
Bill horn-colour, plumbeous at the base of the lower inaudible; mouth yellow; eyelids grey; iris dark brown; legs and claws yellow.
Length rather more than 4; tail 1.8; wing 2.1; tarsus .75; bill from gape .55.
Specimens from the Sal ween in Burma have the whole crown grey.
Distribution. Brom Sikhim down to Tenasserim, but nowhere common. This bird has been recorded from the Garo hills; Tippuk in the Dibrugarh district; the eastern hills of Manipur; Bhamo ; the Pegu hills ; the Toungngoo hills ; Karennee ; the better-wooded portions of the plains of Pegu; the Yonzaleen, Salween, and Thoungyeen rivers, and Mergui. In the British Museum there is a specimen from Singapore labelled Burnesia flaviventris, to which bird the present species has a great resemblance in everything except the shape of the bill.
Habits, &c. Bingham found the nest in Tenasserim in March in a hole in a bamboo. The nest was made of fibres, and the eggs, three in number, were white speckled with pinkish claret-colour. They measured .58 by .43. Gammie found a similar nest in Sikhim in June, also with three eggs.