The genus Horornis contains seven Indian birds of dull coloration, and which are for the most part very little known. With one exception they are resident species on the higher hills. The one exception is H. canturiens, which appears to be a winter visitor from China, and the position of which is somewhat doubtful. For the present I place it in this genus.

Horornis has a bill about half as long as the head; the rictal bristles are strong, and there are some supplementary hairs in front of them. There are, however, no long hairs over the nostrils, the shafts of the frontal feathers being merely Lengthened. The wing is very blunt and short, the first primary being large, and the second and third graduated, the fourth hardly reaching to the tip of the wing. The tarsus in all is very strong, and the hind toe and claw are especially so. The tail is about the Length of the wing and not greatly graduated, the outer feathers being about four fifths the Length of the tail.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage entirely of one colour.
a1. Upper plumage tinged with rufous.
a2. Under wing - coverts and axillaries distinctly yellow.
a3. Lower plumage yellowish; tail about 1.8…………….. H. brunnescens, p. 435.
a4. Lower plumage buffish; tail about 2.1…………….. H. fortipes, p. 435.
b2. Under wing-coverts and axillaries ochraceous brown like the lower plu¬mage …………….. H. albiventris, p. 436.
b1. Upper plumage tinged with olivaceous.
c2. Flanks and under tail-coverts fulvous…………….. H. pallidus, p. 436.
d2. Flanks and under tail-coverts pale brown…………….. H. pallidipes, p. 437.
b. Crown differently coloured from remainder of upper plumage.
c1. Crown of head bright chestnut-brown; wing about 24…………….. H. major, p. 438.
d1. Crown of head merely tinged with rufous; wing about 3…………….. H. canturiens, p. 438.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
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