448. Horornis fortipes.
The Strong-footed Bush- Warbler.
Horornis fortipes, Hodgs. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 31; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 162; Brooks. S. F. viii, p. 475, x, p. 170; Oates in Hume's N. & E-2nd ed. i, p. 279. Drymoica brevicaudata, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 459 (1847). Neornis (Horornis) assimilis, Gray, Cat. Mamm. etc. Nepal, ed. 2, p. 30 (1803). Neornis assimilis (Hodgs.), Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 22 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 167; Wald. in Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 105; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 351; Hume, Cat. no. 552 bis; id. S. F. xi, p. 217. Dumeticola fortipes (Hodgs.), Hume, N. & E. p. 329. Neornis flavolivacea (Hodgs.), Hume, N. & E. p. 360. Neornis brevicaudatus (Blyth), Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 623. Schoenicola fortipes (Hodgs.), Hume, Cat. no. 526; id. S. F. xi, p. 200. Cettia fortipes (Hodgs.), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 136. Horeites fortipes (Hodgs.), Oates, B. B. i, p. 121.
The Strong-footed Hill-Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage olive-brown tinged with rufous ; wings and tail dark brown, edged with rufous; an indistinct eye-streak brownish yellow ; lores and behind the eye dark brown; sides of the head and the lower plumage buffish brown, paler along the middle of the latter; axillaries and under wing-coverts pale yellow.
Bill pale brown ; iris hazel; legs wood-brown (Cockburn).
Length about 4.5; tail 2.1; wing 2.2; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, the Bhutan Doars, and Upper Assam, extending across the valley to the Khasi and Naga hills, and further south to the bills east of Bhamo and to Karennee.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Nepal and Sikhim from May to July, constructing a cup-shaped nest, composed of grass and lined with feathers, in low brushwood. The eggs, four in number, are a uniform chocolate-colour, and measure .67 by .51.