1363. Arboricola rufigularis.
Arboricola rufogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 819 (1849) ; id. Cat. p. 253 ; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 578 ; Beavan, Ibis, 1868, p. 385 ; Hume, S. F. v, p. 114; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 444; Hume, Cat. no. 825 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 349: Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 75 ; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 328 ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 620; vii, p. 426; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 212. Arboriphila rufogularis, Hume. S. F. ii, p. 450. Arboricola rufigularis, Blyth Wald. Birds Burm. p. 150 ; Godw-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. 2, p. 84; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 439. Arboricola tickelli, Hume, Game B. ii, pp. 73, 78.
The Rufous-throated Hill-Partridge, Jerdon ; Peura, Kumaun ; Kohum-but, Lepcha; Pokhu, Daphla.
Coloration. Crown olive-brown, streaked with black, greyish and unstreaked on the forehead ; lores and long supercilia greyish white with black shafts; sides of face white, speckled with black except on a stripe running back from the gape; ear-coverts dark brown ; chin, throat, and sides of neck, united more or less behind the nape, rufous with black spots, largest behind the nape and diminishing in size towards the throat; a band on the fore neck below the throat pure ferruginous red, generally, but not always, divided from the breast by a black border; upper parts golden olivaceous brown, not barred with black, but with semi-oval black spots on the lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts ; scapulars and wing-coverts greyer, with large subterminal black spots and chestnut edges; quills dark brow:n, outer webs of secondaries mottled with rufous olive; tail olive, with black markings and subterminal crescentic bars ; breast and flanks slaty grey, the latter with a white spot in the middle of each feather and' chestnut borders ; lower Hanks brown, with black crescentic spots and buffy edges ; lower tail-coverts black, tipped white. Sexes alike.
Bill black; irides red-brown ; orbits dull lake-red; legs red (Jerdon).
Length about 10.5; tail 2.5 ; wing 5.25; tarsus 1.6; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Himalayas from the western boundaries of Kumaun through Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan to the Daphla hills, where this species was found by Godwin-Austen, and probably farther east. It also occurs in the hill-ranges of Karennee and Tenasserim (A. tickelli), the variety there found generally wanting the black band behind the rufous throat, but this is not a constant character. In the Himalayas this species inhabits a lower zone than A. torqueola, from the base of the hills to about 6000 feet.
* Col. Godwin-Austen has lent bis specimens to me for examination, and they are undoubtedly A. torqueola. There are several specimens, both males and females.