446. Neornis flavolivaceus.
The Aberrant Warbler.
Neornis flavolivacea, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 590 (1845) Blyth,Cat. p. 144; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 324; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 188 Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 46 ; Hume, S. F. i, p. 494; Brooks, J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 246 ; Hume, Cut. no. 552; id. S. F. xi, p. 216; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 277. Neornis cacharensis, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xiv, p. 590 (1845). Cettia flavolivacea (Hodgs.), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 138.
The Aberrant Tree-Warbler, Jerd,
Coloration. Upper plumage dull green; wings and tail dark brown edged with dull green ; lores and behind the eye dusky ; a distinct yellow supercilium ; sides of the head mixed dusky and yellow; the whole lower plumage dull fulvous-yellow, suffused with brown on the sides of the body ; axillaries and under wing-coverts pale yellow.
Upper mandible brown, lower yellow; feet yellowish brown (Cockburn).
Length about 4.5; tail 2.2; wing 2.2; tarsus .9; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Sikhim at elevations of from 6000 to 10,000 feet. In Hume's list of the birds of Pegu (S. P. iii, p. 139) this species was doubtfully recorded. The specimen I sent to Hume was a very bad one, but I have since identified it with Herbivocula schwarzi. Hume records the present species from the Khasi hills, and it is not yet known to occur further south.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim from May to July at elevations of from 3500 to 6000 feet, constructing a globular nest, made of bamboo-leaves and grass, in bushes, and laying three eggs; these measure .66 by .5; their colour is a deep chocolate-purple.