206. Lioptila melanoleuca.
Sibia melanoleuca (Tick.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 413 (1859) ; Wald. Ibis, 1876, p. 355; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 108; Davison, S. F. v, p. 458; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 293. Sibia picata, Tickell, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 451 (1859). Malacias melanoleucus (Tick.), Hume, Cat. no. 429 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 405; Oates, B. B. i, p. 43 ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 604. Lioptila melanoleuca (Tick.), Oates in Hume's N. &; F. 2nd ed. i, p. 135.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and the sides of the head except the ear-coverts deep black; ear-coverts very dark brown ; back, scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts, rump, and upper tail-coverts chocolate-brown, tinged with ashy on the latter two parts ; wings and greater coverts black ; tail dark brown, the outer webs edged with black, and all the feathers tipped with white; entire lower plumage white.
Legs and feet varying from a very dark reddish brown to a dark purplish brown or brownish black; bill black; iris lake (Hume & Davison).
Length about 9; tail 4.1 ; wing 3.5; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .95.
Distribution. The higher portions of Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim.
Habits, &c. The note of this bird .is a single, long drawn, clear-sounding whistle. Davison found the nest in February - a cup of grass, roots, and fibres placed in a high tree. It contained two blue eggs, which measured about .97 by .67.