236. Cutia nepalensis.
The Nepal Cutia.
Cutia nipalensis, Hodgs. J. A. S. B. v, p. 774 (1836) ; Blyth, Cat. p. 98; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 227; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 247 ; Wald. in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 109; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 81 ; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 19 ; Hume & Duo. S. F. vi, p. 370 ; Hume, Cat. no. 612 ; Oates, B. B. i. p. 140 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 646; Hume, S. F. xi. p: 245.
The Yellow-backed Shrike-Tit, Jerd.; Khat.ya, Nepal; Rabnoon or Rapnun-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Male. The lores, sides of forehead, and a broad band passing through the eyes and ear-coverts round the nape black; the whole crown inside this black band deep slaty; back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts bright chestnut; wing-coverts black; quills black, all but the first two with a patch of slaty near the base, increasing in extent inwards, and the third to the sixth or seventh primary with a narrow edging of the same about the middle of the outer web; most of the later quills minutely tipped with white ; tail black ; lower plumage white, the sides of the body boldly barred with black ; vent and under tail-coverts pale buff.
Female. The slaty colour of the head paler; the band round the head chocolate-brown; the back and scapulars reddish brown with large oval black spots ; otherwise as in the male.
Legs and feet rich wax-yellow ; claws pale yellowish horny; bill black, pale leaden blue at gape and base of lower mandible; iris brown (Hume).
Length about 7 ; tail 2.2; wing 3.7 ; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to the Daphla hills in Assam ; Eastern Naga hills; Manipur; Karennee; apparently at 0000 feet and upwards.
Habits, &c. Gregarious, on high trees.