(314) Leioptila melanoleuca melanoleuca.
Sibia melanoleuca Tickell, Blyth, J. A. S.B., xxviii, p. 413 (1859) (Muleyit Mt.). Lioptila melanoleuca. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 198.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Ear-coverts very dark brown; forehead, crown, nape and rest of the sides of the head black; back, scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts, rump and upper tail-coverts chocolate-brown, tinged with ashy on the two latter parts; wing-quills and greater coverts black ; tail dark brown, the outer webs edged black and all the feathers tipped with white; entire lower plumage white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris lake ; bill black: legs and feet dark reddish-brown to dark purplish-brown or brownish black (Hume & Dav.).
Measurements. Length about 220 mm.; wing 87 to 90 mm.; tail about 120 mm.; tarsus about 28 mm.; culmen about 17 mm.
Distribution. From Mulai-yit Mountain in Tenasserim, possibly through Siam to the Shan States and Ruby Mines district.
Nidification. Davison obtained a nest of this bird on Mulai-yit made of bamboo leaves, grass, moss and other materials and placed in a small branch of a high tree growing in a ravine. It was taken on the 21st February and contained three eggs, pale spotless blue and measuring about 29.3 x l7.0 mm.
Habits similar to those of the last bird. Davison describes its note as a single, long-drawn, clear-sounding whistle.