(1217) Alauda gulgula coelivox.
The Small Chinese Sky-Lass:.
Alauda ccelivox Swinhoe, Zoologist, p. 577 (1859) (Amoy). Alauda gulgula Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 326 (part).
Vernacular names. Bee-lone (Burmese),
Distribution. Above very brightly coloured, the rufous and black contrasting more than in A. g. australis; the wings are especially rufous; below the abdomen is paler, often whitish and contrasting a little with the breast; the under wing-coverts and axillaries are not nearly so dark a rufous and have the vinous tinge similar to that obtaining in A. g. guttata.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 89 to 101 mm.; tail 55 to 61 mm.; tarsus 24 to 25 mm.; culmen 12 to 13 mm.
Distribution. South and Eastern China to Yunnan, the Shan States and also on Mt. Victoria in the Chin Hills.
Nidification. A bird shot off the nest on Mt. Victoria, Chin Hills, 7,000 feet, identified by Oates as A. a. japonica, appears to be nearest this race. Of the three eggs one was broken, the other two measure 22.0 x 15.5 and 21.5 x 15.5 mm. They were taken 16.5.06 and in appearance are exactly like many of A. g. gulgula.
Habits. Those of the species. A common bird in the hills, of South China and breeding both in the plains and hills. It was obtained by Forrest in Yunnan between 8,500 and 10,000 feet in Summer, Harington obtained it in the Shan States and it has occurred in the Chin Hills, vide supra. It is resident where found but probably forsakes the higher hills of its range in Winter.