208. Lioptila annectens.
Leioptila annectans, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 4-50 (1847): id. Cat p. 337 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 248; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109; Hume, Cat. no. 613; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 80; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 240. Lioptila saturata, Wald. Ibis, 1875, p. 352, note; Wardlaw-Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 464.
The Slender-billed Shrike-Tit, Jerd.; Rubnun-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead, lores, crown, nape, ear-coverts, and round the eye black; hind neck black,streaked with white; sides of the back black; scapulars pale rufous ; middle of the back, the rump, and upper tail-coverts deep chestnut, the latter with a few black streaks ; lesser and median wing-coverts black, edged with ashy; greater coverts black, tipped with chestnut; primaries black, edged on the outer web with bluish white, except the last two or three, which are plain; secondaries similarly edged, except at the bases; tertiaries more broadly edged and tipped with white, and with some chestnut on the outer web near the base ; tail black, edged with deeper black on the basal half, and tipped white, more broadly on the outer feathers, and more narrowly towards the middle ; lower plumage white, except the vent, under tail-coverts, and flanks, which are pale chestnut.
Legs and feet wax-yellow; claws brownish; bill black; gape and more or less of basal portion of lower mandible yellow; iris chocolate, brownish chocolate, brownish maroon, claret-red, greyish chocolate-brown (Hume).
Length about 7.5 ; tail 3.4; wing 3.1; tarsus .95; bill from gape .75.
L. saturata, Walden, is so close to this species that I cannot separate it. On the other hand, L. davisoni, Hume, from Tenasserim, is a markedly distinct bird. I have examined the types of both species.
Distribution. Sikhim; the Khasi and Naga hills; North Cachar; Manipur ; Karennee. This species is found at 4000 feet and upwards.
Habits, &c. Hume states that this bird creeps about the branches of large trees in forest, very much like a Creeper, though neither quite so rapid nor so jerky in its movements.