(486) Heteroxenicus stellatus.
Brachypteryx (Drymochares) stellatus Gould. P. Z. S., 1868, p. 213 (Sikkim). Drymochares stellatus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 187.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Lores and a narrow frontal line black; crown to rump, upper tail-coverts, tail and wing-coverts bright chestnut; a narrow supercilium, chin, throat and breast grey finely vermiculated with narrow bars of black; lower breast dark grey turning to rufescent brown on the vent and posterior flanks, each feather vermiculated as on the breast but with the addition of a triangular white spot; under tail-coverts rufous-brown, barred with paler rufous and spotted with white; rump like the vent.
Colours of soft parts. Irides brown; bill black; legs horny fleshy.
Measurements. Total length about 130 mm.; wing 72 to 77 mm,; tail 45 to 47 mm.; tarsus 30 mm.; culmen 12 mm. Distribution. Sikkim only.
Habits. Nothing is known about this very rare bird. Blanford obtained it in Sikkim at 12,000 feet and there are two or three specimens in the Tring Museum obtained at still higher elevations, whilst Stevens procured it at about 7,000 feet in the Mai Khola Valley, East Nepal, in early April. He thinks it may breed in this valley or in its vicinity.