209. Lioptila davisoni.
Leioptila davisoni, Hume, S. F. v, p. 110 (1877). Lioptila saturata, Wald., apud Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 370; Hume, Cat. no. 613 bis; Oates, B. B. i, p. 141 (part.); Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 80 (part.) ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 600.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, sides of the head, hind neck, sides of the neck, back, scapulars, and all the wing-coverts deep black, with a few very narrow streaks of white on the middle of the back ; rump deep chestnut; upper tail-coverts black, with broad maroon tips ; primaries margined with bluish white, except the last two or three, which are plain; secondaries margined with bluish white, except near the base; tertiaries tipped with white, and margined with chestnut on the outer webs near the base; tail black, the feathers edged with deeper black on the basal halves of their outer webs, and tipped with white, broadly on the outer, and narrowly on the middle feathers ; edge of wing and lower plumage white, except the vent, under tail-coverts, and flanks, which are pale fulvous.
Upper mandible and half the lower black; rest of lower mandible, legs, feet, and claws fleshy yellow; iris greyish brown (Davison)'.
Length about 8; tail 3.5; wing 3.1; tarsus .95; bill from gape .8.
This bird cannot be confounded with L. annectens, from which it differs by its black wing-coverts, black back, and maroon rump.
Distribution. Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim on the higher slopes.
Habits, &c. Davison remarks that this bird creeps like a Nuthatch about the trunks and branches of trees, and also searches the leaves and smaller branches of the tree-tops.