(322) Actinodura egertoni khasiana.
THE SHILLONG BAR-WING.
Actinodura khasiana Godw.-Aust., J. A. S. B., xv, pt. ii, p. 76 (1876) (Shillong).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the last bird in the lighter cro.wn, the rufous of the forehead is paler and does not extend on to the crown as it does in that bird; the back, rump and upper tail- coverts are much more ochraceous and the central tail-feathers are much more distinctly barred.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the last bird.
Distribution. Hills South of the Brahmaputra in Assam to Manipur.
Nidification. Similar to that of the last bird but breeds at a lower elevation, i. e. between 3,500 and 6,000 feet. The eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the last bird and are like poorly coloured, weakly marked specimens of those of Trochalopterum phaeniceum. One hundred eggs average 23.4 x 17.7 mm., and the extremes are 25.0 x 18.4, 21.7 X 17.4 and 22.0 x 17.0 mm.
Habits. This is a very common bird over all the Western Hills South of the Brahmaputra but much more rare to the East. It wanders about in parties of half-a-dozen to a dozen or so, keeping principally to the tree-tops and bigger trees, as described by Hume when referring to the last bird but sometimes haunting the lower cover when there is any special attraction. In N. Cachar they were found occasionally feeding on the ground amongst strawberries, which were infested with a little black fly. In these latter cases we found the stomachs contained a mass of crushed straw berries and flies, the birds evidently swallowing them together. They were not shy birds and allowed quite close observation without moving away but they were always most restless and quick in their motions.