(305) Fulvetta vinipecta austeni.
Proparus austeni O.-Grant, Bull. B. O. C, v, p. 3 (1895) (Manipur).
Vernacular names. Dao-pere-gajao (Cachari).
Description. Differs from the last in having the head duller chestnut and the black head-stripes replaced by deep reddish-brown ; chin white and throat white with reddish-brown spots.
Colours of soft parts. Iris reddish-brown; bill dark brownish-black ; legs and feet dull fleshy-brown.
Measurements about the same as in Hodgson's Fulvetta. Wing 57 to 60 mm.; culmen 9 to 9.5 mm.
Distribution. Naga Hills, Manipur, Cachar Hills and probably all the hill-ranges South of the Brahmaputra over 5,000 feet.
Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded. In Cachar it was a winter visitor only to the highest peaks on the Barail Range, where I found it in small flocks in the stunted oak forest at 5,000 to 6,000 feet. It, is an active, cheerful little bird, restlessly moving about the bushes and lower trees, both by feet and wings, uttering continually a soft " chip, chip."