(306) Fulvetta vinipecta ripponi.
THE CHIN HILLS FULVETTA.
Proparus ripponi Harington, Bull. B. O. C, xxxiii, p. 59 (1913) (Mt. Victoria).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to F. v. austeni but differs in having the white supercilium commencing from the base of the bill; the ear-coverts are chocolate-brown, almost the same colour as the head instead of very dark brown contrasting with it.
Colours of soft parts as in austeni.
Measurements. Total length about 110 mm.; wing 51 to 55 mm.; tail about 54 mm.; tarsus about 22 mm.; culmen 9 mm.
Distribution. Mt. Victoria and highest peaks of Chin Hills.
Nidification. Nests taken by Mr. F. Grant on Mt. Victoria were similar to those of P. v. vinipecta, being made of grass and leaves thickly bound together with green moss, the leaves only showing through in small patches here and there; the lining was of fine roots and in shape the nests were rather deep, well-made cups. They were placed in low bashes in forest. Two eggs sent me by Mr. Grant are like those of Hodgson's Fulvetta but measure only 16.3 x 13.0 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus. It is found on Mt. Victoria up to 9,000 feet.