(299) Schaeniparus dubius genestieri.
Alcippe genestieri Oustalet, Bull. Mus. d'Hist. Nat, Paris, iii, p. 210 (1897) (Tsekao).
Vernacular names. Prep-dor (Kachin).
Description. Differs from S. d. dubiuts in having the forehead pale rufous ; the crown is golden-brown with very faint dark edges to the feathers; the upper plumage is olive-brown and the sides of the neck are not streaked.
Colours of soft parts as in S. d. dubius.
Measurements. Wing 58 to 61 mm.; tail about 60 mm.; tarsus 24 mm.; culmen 11 mm.
Distribution. Kachin and Bhamo Hills, Yunnan, Shan States and S.W. China. Rothschild has shown (Nov. Zool. xxviii, p. 36) that intermedius is not separable from genestieri and with this I agree, but the former sometimes has quite plain indications of the neck-stripes as in mandellii and as we should expect in that part of its range nearest that race.
Nidification. Resembles that of the last bird. Harington, Grant and others took many nests in March, April and May between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. The eggs are indistinguishable from those of the last two birds and measure about 19.9 x 15.5 mm.
Habits differ in no way from those of the Assam Tit-Babbler.