(907) Neornis flavolivaceus intricatus.
The Shan Aberrant Warbler.
Neornis flavolivaceus intricatus Hartert, Vog. Pal., i, p. 533 (1909)(Tai-pai-Schan).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Like N. f. flavolivaceus but darker above, less green and more brown; below much greyer with practically no yellow.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the preceding bird. Wing 49 to 55 mm.
Distribution. Hills South of the Brahmaputra, Chin Hills to Shan States; there is one specimen in the British Museum collection from Thayetmyo in South Burma. Harington obtained it in the Kachin Hills.
Nidification. Col. H. H. Harington and Mr. P. Grant obtained the nests of the Shan Aberrant Warbler in the Bhamo Hills in May and June. Nests and eggs were described as like those of the preceding bird but the latter are all faintly marked at the larger end with a ring of deeper terra-cotta or chocolate composed of tiny confluent specks. They vary in size from 18.0 x 12.0 and 16.6 x 13.0 mm. to 16.1 x 11.8 mm.
Habits. Frequents thick scrub-cover or long grass like the preceding bird but is found both in Summer and Winter at lower elevations between 4,500 and 7,000 feet, apparently moving but little, even vertically, with the seasons. The little 1 saw of it in Assam showed it to be rather a skulker in among Daphne bushes in Pine-forest but I believe I also saw it in dense Rhododendron and Oak forest at about 6,000 feet. It has a loud shrill call, not unlike an extra loud note of the Willow-Warbler.