275. Hemixus macclellandi.
The Rufous-bellied Bulbul.
Hypsipetes macclellandi, Horsf. P. Z. S. 1839, p. 159; Blyth, Cat. p. 207; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 256; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 79; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 106; Hume, N. & E. p. 281; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 133; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 298 ; Hume, Cat. no. 447 ; Sadly, S. F. viii, p. 294; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 170. Iole macclellandi (Horsf), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 59; Oates, B. B. i, p. 178. Hemixus macclellandi (Horsf), Oates in Hume's N. 8; E. 2nd ed. i, p. 168.
Chinchiok-pho, Lepch.; Chichiam, Bhut.
Coloration. Crown, from the forehead to the nape, rich brown, the shafts white tinged with buff; upper plumage, wing-coverts, tertiaries, and tail olive-green, brightest on the tail, the shafts of which are black above and yellow below; lores and cheeks mixed grey and white; chin and throat white, the feathers with grey bases and lanceolate; ear-coverts and sides of the neck chestnut; breast the same but with pale shaft-stripes; abdomen and flanks pale chestnut; under tail-coverts, thighs, and vent ochraceous yellow ; under wing-coverts the same; primaries and secondaries dark brown, edged with olive-green.
Bill blackish above, livid grey-horny below; iris brownish red or dark red; feet fleshy brown ; claws brown-horny (Scully).
Length about 10; tail 4.4; wing 4.3; tarsus .7; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Mussoorie to the head of the Assam valley ; the Khasi and Naga hills ; Cachar; Manipur ; Arrakan.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to June, constructing a shallow nest of ferns, leaves, grass, and moss in a fork of a small tree. The eggs are pinkish white, speckled and spotted with reddish purple and measure about 1.05 by .67.