(828) Franklinia rufescens rufescens.
Prima rufescens Blyth, J. A. H. B., xvi, p. (1847) (Arrakan). Franklinia rufescens. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 377 (part).
Vernacular names. Daotisha gajao (Cachari).
Description.— Summer. A hue from the nostrils over the eye white; lores brown; forehead, crown and nape ashy-brown; remainder of upper plumage rufous-brow n, brighter and more rufous on tail and wing feathers ; tail-leathers tipped with pale rufescent or white and sub-tipped with a blackish patch; lower plumage white faintly washed with fulvous. more pronounced on the vent, flanks and under tail-coverts.
Colours of soft parts as in F. gracilis, but the bill is paler.
Measurements Wing 42 to 45 mm.; tail 34 to 38 in Summer and in Winter 42 to 52 mm.; tarsus about 20 nun.; culmen about 11 mm.
Winter. The forehead and crown are practically unicolorous with the back and the underparts are generally more .suffused with, rufous. The rufous of the upper plumage is also brighter in Winter than in Summer.
Young birds are like the adults in Winter plumage with yellow underparts.
Distribution. South India to the foot of the Himalayas ; Burma South to Tenasserim, Yunnan (1), Siam and Annam.
Nidification. This does not differ in any way from that of Franklinia gracilis and the eggs vary to the same extent in coloration, though, as a whole, they are rather more boldly blotched. The few eggs I have seen measure about 15.9 X 11.6 mm.
Habits. The same as those of Franklinia gracilis.