583. Anthipes moniliger.
Hodgson's White-gorgeted Flycatcher.
Dimorpha monileger, Hodgs. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 26. Anthipes gularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 122 (1847). Anthipes moniliger (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 172; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 477; Hume, Cat. no. 317 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 13. Digenea moniliger (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 460, pl. xiv, tig. 1; Oates, B. B. i, p. 300.
The White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Jerd.; Phatt-tagrak-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead and a short eyebrow bright fulvous ; lores, ear-coverts, and under the eye greyish brown with white shafts ; the whole upper plumage and sides of the head olive-brown tinged with rufous on the rump; upper tail-coverts and tail dull ferruginous ; coverts and wings brown edged with ferruginous; chin and throat white, surrounded on all sides by a black band; lower plumage fulvous-olive, becoming white on the abdomen.
Bill black; legs and claws pale fleshy ; iris dark brown (Jerdon).
Length about 5 ; tail 2 ; wing 2.4 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .6.
The young nestling is no doubt spotted, but the youngest bird I have seen merely differs from the adult in not having the black band round the white of the throat.
Distribution. Sikhim up to about 7000 feet or so. Hodgson's specimens, now in the British Museum, do not appear to have been obtained in Nepal but in Sikhim.
Habits, &c. According to Mandelli, this species breeds in Sikhim from April to June, constructing a nest of moss on the ground in grass and low jungle. The eggs are described as being white marked with brownish red, and measuring about .73 by .54.