(372) Chloropsis icterocephala chlorocephala.
THE BURMESE CHLOROPSIS.
Phyllornis chlorocephalas Wald., A. M. N. H., (4) vii, p. 241 (1871) (Tounghoo).
Chloropsis chlorocephala. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 237.
Vernacular names. Dao-bulip gurrimo (Cachari).
Description.— Male. Lores, feathers under and in front of the eye, cheeks, chin and throat black; forehead and broad band from eye to eye passing round and encircling the throat pale yellowish green; front of the crown above the forehead and a broad streak passing over the eyes and ear-coverts pale green ; a very short moustachial streak cobalt; crown of the head and nape golden green; back, rump, upper tail-coverts and scapulars deep green; tail blue; primaries and their" coverts black, edged with blue; outer secondaries black on the inner, blue on the outer webs edged with green; inner secondaries and greater coverts green tinged with blue: lesser coverts glistening cobalt-blue ; median and greater coverts green tinged with blue at the base; under plumage bright green tinged with blue on the breast.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill black; legs plumbeous.
Measurements. Length about 180 mm.; wing 80 to 85 mm.; tail about 67 to 70 mm.; tarsus about 18 mm.; culmen 16 to 17 mm.
Female. The black on the head is replaced by bluish green, there is no yellow band round the black; the moustachial streak is pale and the general tint duller.
Distribution. Hills South of the Brahmaputra to the extreme East of Assam, Manipur, Burma, the whole of Siam, East to Cochin China and Yunnan, and South to Tenasserim.
Nidification. Similar to that of the other species of this genus. I found it breeding in N. Cachar and the Khasia Hills in April and May and again, perhaps a second brood, in July and August. They kept for breeding purposes to dense, humid forests between 2,000 and 6,000 feet. Sixteen eggs average 22.3 x 15.5 mm., the extremes being 23.2 x 15.4 mm.; 22.3 x 16.0 mm. and 21.0 x 14.4 mm.
Habits. In the non-breeding season the Burmese Chloropsis is found from the plains up to at least 6,000 feet, but during the breeding time seems to leave the plains and keep to the higher hills. It has the usual habits of the genus and a very sweet song, though not as fine as that of the Orange-bellied Chloropsis.