1060. Ptilolaemus austeni.
Anorhinus galeritus, apud Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 90; xii, pt. 2, p. 143 ; id. Ibis, 1878, p. 206; nec Temm. Anorhinus austeni, Jerdon, Ibis, 1872, p. 6; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 493; v, p. 117; vii, pp. 167, 499: xi, p. 52; id. Cat. no. 144 ter; Hartert, J. f. Orn. 1889, p. 426. Ptilolaemus austeni, Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 393.
Coloration. Male. Similar to that of P. tickelli, except that the cheeks, throat, sides of neck, and fore-neck are white instead of rufous, and the rest of the lower parts paler; the secondaries and middle tail-feathers too are not tipped white. The upper parts appear greyer, but this may be due to the state of the plumage. Female unknown.
Length about 31; tail 11.5; wing 12.5; tarsus 2 ; bill from gape 4.7.
Distribution. The only specimen known for a long time was obtained by Colonel Godwin-Austen at Asalu, in the North Cachar hills; subsequently three more were shot by Hartert in the hill-forest south of the Dehing; this species was also observed by Hume in Manipur.
Habits, &c. Very little known. Hartert came upon a flock of 8 or 10, and far from being as shy as P. tickelli, they allowed him to fire six shots and kill four birds, one of which was left hanging in a high tree, before they flew away. Their flight was rather noisy. They had eaten a few insects (Mantides, Blattae, and locusts) besides fruit.