1365. Arboricola atrigularis.
The White-cheeked Hill-Partridge.
Arboricola atrogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 819 (1849); id. Cat. p. 253 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 273; Hume, S. F. v, p. 44; Anderson, Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 673; Hume, Cat. no. 824 bis; Hume St Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 79, pl.; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 306; Oyilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 209. Arborophila atrogularis, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 449. Arboricola atrigularis, Oates in Hume's N. Sf E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 439.
Peura, Sylhet; Duboy, Dubore, Assam ; San-batai, Chittagong.
Coloration. Crown olive-brown, passing into grey on the forehead and rufous on the nape and sides of neck; all feathers, except on the forehead, with black shafts or terminal spots ; a long supercilium from the lores, and area all round eye black; a pale grey superciliary stripe, also from the lores, above the black ; cheeks white, passing into pale rufous on ear-coverts; back, rump, and upper tail-coverts yellowish olive-brown, the feathers broadly tipped and barred with black; scapulars and tertiaries greyer, with large subterminal black spots and ferruginous tips ; wing-coverts light greyish olive mixed with dark brown; quills brown, secondaries edged and mottled on the outer webs with rufous; tail-feathers mottled olive and black; chin and throat black ; fore neck black above, with white edges to the feathers, below with grey, passing into the grey breast and flanks, the latter with white spots; middle of abdomen whitish; lower tail-coverts rufous-olive, with white tips and subterminal black spots. Sexes alike.
Bill black ; irides brown; skin of head, cheeks, and throat deep reddish pink; legs lobster-red (Cripps).
Length about 11; tail 2.5; wing 5.5; tarsus 1.75; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Assam south of the .Brahmaputra: the Naga, Khasi, and Garo hills, Cachar, Sylhet, Tipperah, and Chittagong.