141. Pyctorhis altirostris.
Chrysomma altirostre, Jerd. Ibis, 1862, p. 22; Godw.-Aust. A. M. N. H. (4) xvii, p. 34; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 504. Pyctorhis altirostris (Jerd.), Blyth Wald. Birds Burm. p. 117; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii. pp. 74, 197, pi. ix ; Blanf. S. F. v, p. 245; Oates, S. F. v, p. 249; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 23; Hume, Cat. no. 386 his; Oates, S. F. x, p. 206; id. B. B. i, p. 47; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 512; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 138. Pyctorhis griseigularis, Hume, S. F. v, p. 116; id. Cat. no. 386 ter; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 174.
Coloration. Forehead and a broad stripe to the eye hoary grey with black centres; lores grey; sides of head and neck greyish brown tinged with rufous, more hoary round the eye; whole upper plumage deep reddish brown, brighter on the tail and exposed parts of wings; chin, throat, cheeks, and upper breast grey; remainder of lower surface bright buff.
Upper mandible pale horn-colour, lower pinkish flesh-colour; iris hazel-brown; eyelid and orbital skin greenish yellow; legs and feet pinkish brown ; claws pinkish horn-colour.
Length about 6.5; tail 3.3 ; wing 2.4; tarsus .9; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. Mangrani between Sukkur and Shikarpur in Sind; Bhutan and Buxa doars; the Bishnath plain and Sibsagar in Assam; Thayetmyo; the plains of Pegu between the Pegu hills and the Sittoung from Kyeikpadein to Toungngoo.
Habits, &c. This bird is confined to vast plains of elephant-grass. It is a very difficult bird to observe; it creeps quietly through the clumps of grass and is seen for an instant only as it flies from one clump to another. It has a peculiar note, very different to that of P. sinensis.