(395) Hemixus macclellandi tickelli.
Hypsipetes tickelli Blyth, J. A. S. B., xxiv, p. 275 (1855) (Interior of Tenasserim). Hemixus tickelli. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 265.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the Rufous-bellied Bulbul in having the lower plumage grey tending to white on the abdomen and the breast streaked with whitish shaft-stripes; the ear-coverts and the sides of the neck are pale rusty, which colour also tinges the breast; the shaft-stripes of the crest-feathers are broader and whiter; the throat is grey instead of white.
Colours of soft parts. " Legs and feet fleshy-pink, light purplish brown, pale pinkish brown or pale reddish brown ; bill black, hoary black or dark hoary brown; iris wood-brown, deep red-brown, light red or crimson " (Hume and Davison).
Measurements. Total length about 230 to 240 mm.; wing 97 to 102 mm.;. tail about 106 mm.; tarsus about 18 mm.: culmen about 23 mm.
Distribution. Karenni and the hills of East Central Burma to Muleyit in Tenasserim.
Habits. This race seems to be found in much the same kind of forest as that frequented by the last bird but it is also found in pine-forests, in which H. m. macclellandi does not seem to enter. It occurs from 2,500 up to 4,000 feet.
There is a form of Hemixus macclellandi found in the Kachin Hills (Harington) but I have not seen any specimens. Presumably it is typical macclellandi with which Harington placed it but it may be this Karen Hills form, tickelli, and specimens are badly wanted to confirm or disprove this.