(181) Babax lanceolatus victoriae.
THE MOUNT VICTORIA BABAX.
Babax victoria Rippon, Bull. B. O. C, xv,p. 97 (1905) (Mt. Victoria, Chin Hills).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from lanceolatus in having the throat and upper breast a purer white and the black shaft-stripes extending right up to the chin, whereas in typical lanceolatus there are no stripes on chin or throat and often not on the upper breast. In this bird also the moustachial stripe is very black and broad.
Colours of soft parts. " Irides yellow; bill dark horny; legs and feet lighter" (Rippon).
Measurements. Wing 100 mm.; tail 140 mm.; tarsus 35 mm.; culmen 25 mm.
Distribution. Chin Hills.
Nidification. Nests taken by Venning and Grant in the Chin Hills are described as open cups made of dead leaves and coarse grass stems lined with roots and placed in low thorny bushes on open hillsides or near swamps. They were found in April and May, and contained from two to three eggs similar to those of the preceding subspecies and measuring about 27.5 x 20.4 mm.
Habits. This Babax is found from 5,000 to at least 9,000 feet, haunting the same kind of country as the last bird, which it closely resembles in all its habits.