(829) Franklinia rufescens austeni.
The Assam Wren-Warbler.
Franklinia rufescens assamensis Stuart Baker, Bull B. O. C., xliv p. 39 (1924) (Chota Naga Hills) Franklinia rufescens. Blanf. & Oates, i, p 377 (part.).
Vernacular names. Daotisha gajao (Cachari).
Description. Similar to F. r. rufescens but darker, especially below.
Colours of soft parts. As in F. r. rufescens.
Measurements. Wing 43 to 47 mm.; tail 30 to 47 in Summer and 48 to 67 in Winter; tarsus 20 mm.; culmen about 11 mm.
Distribution. Kumaon to Eastern Assam, North and South of the Brahmaputra, Manipur.
Nidification. Breeds both in the lower Hills and in those up to 6,000 feet, though it appears to be rare above 5,000 feet. The nests and eggs are quite similar to those of F. gracilis but the latter are more boldly blotched and are decidedly larger, although there is no difference in the size of the two birds. Eggs with white ground are less common than those with blue. Two hundred eggs average 16.1 x 11.8: maxima 17.4 x l2.l and 16.6 x 12.3 mm.; minima 14.2 x 10.6 and 14.6 x l0.5 mm. The principal breeding-months are April, May and June, but I have taken eggs from March to September.
Habits. This appears to be a purely hill-form found from 1000 feet upwards and is never found in the Plains. In all its ways it is exactly like F. gracilis.