178. Schoeniparus dubius.
Proparus dubius, Hume, Proc. A. S. B. 1874, p. 107; id. S. F. ii, p. 447 ; Wald. in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 110; Davison, S. F. v, p. 459; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 372, 519 ; Hume, Cat. no. 622 bis ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 148. Minla dubia (Hume), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 611. Schoeniparus dubius (Hume), Hume, S. F. ii, p. 449 ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 607 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 117.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape reddish brown, each feather obsoletely margined darker, and the forehead tinged with chestnut; lores and a band on each side of the crown, the two bands more or less blending on the upper back, black; a white supercilium commencing at the eye and reaching to the nape ; ear-coverts and sides of neck pale fulvous brown ; upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with rufous on the exposed parts of the wings and tail; lower plumage pale fulvous, whitish on the chin and throat, suffused with olivaceous on the sides of the breast and abdomen and on the under tail-coverts.
Legs, feet, and claws fleshy; bill dull black or dark brown, generally pale at the base of the lower mandible; iris sometimes yellowish red, sometimes pale yellowish or sienna-brown or slaty-pink (Hume & Davison).
Length about 5.5; tail 2.3; wing 2.3; tarsus .85; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The northern portion of Tenasserim, where this bird has been procured at Pahpoon, and the central portion, where it has been found on Muleyit mountain at 5000 to 6000 feet of elevation.
Habits, &c. Davison informs us that this bird feeds much on the ground and among the low brushwood, entirely on insects. It is by no means shy, and when alarmed utters its note repeatedly. He found the nest on Muleyit, a globular structure of dry reed-leaves lined with fibres, situated on the ground at the base of a plant. The eggs, three in number, are white, spotted with black and smudged with brown, and measure .78 by .59.