(144) Ianthocincla rufogularis assamensis.
Ianthocincla rufogularis assamensis Hartert, Vog. Pal., i, p. 635 (1910) (Margherita, Assam).
Vernacular names. Mi-pa-pita (Trans-Diku Nagas).
Description. Differs from typical rufogularis in having the whole chin and throat rufous and the ear-coverts almost all, or nearly all, rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in rufogularis.
Measurements. A rather smaller bird than rufogularis with wing about 91 to 94 mm.
Distribution. The whole of Assam south of the Brahmaputra as far South as the Lushai and Chittagong Hills and as far East as Lakhimpur and thence into the Chin Hills.
Nidification. Breeds from 3,500 feet upwards throughout its habitat in May and June, with an occasional second laying in August and September. The site selected is almost invariably a bush in heavy forest, though the part selected is always near an opening of some kind, river, road or a natural open glade. Nest and eggs like those of the preceding birds. 40 eggs average 26.5 x 18.9 mm.
Habits. Similar to those of rufogularis.