234. Herpornis xantholeuca.
The White-bellied Herpornis.
Erpornis xantholeuca, Hodgs. J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 380 (1844); Blyth, Cat. p. 101; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 232; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 264; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109. Erpornis xanthochlora, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 8S (1844); id. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 23 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 142. Herpornis xantholeuca (Hodgs.), Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 167; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 83 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 374, 519; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 630; Hume, Cat. no. 630 ; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 190 ; Inglis, S. F. ix, p. 256; Oates, S. F. x, p. 227 ; id. B. B. i, p. 151; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 636; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 252.
The White-bellied Flower-pecker, Jerd. ; Dang-pu-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage, tail, wing-coverts, and tertiaries clear greenish yellow ; primaries and secondaries edged with the colour of the back; lores, cheeks, and the lower plumage white slightly tinged with grey; ear-coverts ashy white; under wing-coverts pale yellow ; under tail-coverts bright yellow.
Upper mandible fleshy horn-colour, the edges and the whole lower mandible light flesh-colour; gape yellow; mouth yellow; eyelids plumbeous ; iris brown ; legs and claws pinkish flesh-colour.
Length nearly 5; tail 1.8; wing 2.7; tarsus .65; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to Assam; the hill-ranges of Assam; Cachar; Manipur, and the whole of Burma; extending down the Malay peninsula. This bird does not appear to be found above 4000 or 5000 feet of elevation. In Burma it is as common at the level of the sea as on the hills.
Habits, &c. This species is found in thick forests in companies of ten or more, searching the leaves for insects.