138. Gampsorhynchus torquatus.
The Ring-necked Shrike-Babbler.
Gampsorhynchus torquatus, Hume, Proc. A. S. B. 1874, p. 107; id. S. F. ii, p. 446; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1875, p. 352; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 258; Hume, Cat. no. 384 bis; id. S. F. viii, p. 168; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 178 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 387 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 41.
Coloration. Adult. The whole head and neck, chin, throat, and upper breast white; lesser and median coverts and edge of wing also white; upper plumage rufous-brown, the outer webs of the earlier primaries and the tips of the others hoary grey; tail brown, washed with rufous on the outer webs, tipped with white, and the inner webs partially bordered with white; lower plumage pale fulvous, the sides of the neck with some rufous and blackish marks.
Bill greyish horny or fleshy white, with, in some cases, a dusky line on the culmen; legs and feet greyish white, or slaty white, or fleshy white with a blue tinge; iris pale to bright golden (Hume Davison).
Length about 10; tail 4.8; wing 4; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.
The youngest bird that I have been able to examine resembles the adult in having a white head, but there are some rufous-brown feathers on the nape and hind crown; there is also a very complete black collar across the chest, dividing the white of the throat from the fulvous of the breast, and the white wing-spot is entirely absent.
This collar gradually disappears, but traces of it are found on the sides of the neck for a long time.
The nestling bird probably has the crown of the head of the same colour as the upper plumage.
Distribution. From the Toungngoo hills and Karennee to the central portion of Tenasserim. This species has been found also at Perak, but the bird from this place has been separated by Sharpe, unnecessarily in my opinion.
Habits, &c There is nothing known about this or the preceding species, except that they have both been procured in bamboo and bush jungle and in evergreen forest.