184. Lioparus chrysaeus.
The Golden-breasted Tit-Babbler.
Proparus ? chrysaeus, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 84 (1844). Proparus chrysotis (Hodgs.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 938 (1844). Leiothrix chrysotis (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 100. Leiothrix chrysaeus (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 367. Proparus chrysaeus (Hodgs.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 256 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 45 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 82 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 394; id. Cat. no. 621; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 19 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 250. Alcippe chrysaea (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 627. Lioparus chrysaeus (Hodgs.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 120.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and lores soft blackish ashy; ear-coverts, cheeks, and a ring round the eye silvery white, the first streaked with ashy ; back and scapulars ashy olive ; rump and upper tail-coverts olive-green; tail brown, the basal two thirds of the outer webs of all the feathers margined with orange-yellow; wing-coverts black; wings dark brown, the first five primaries edged with orange-yellow; the secondaries all broadly margined with orange-yellow and tipped white; tertiaries broadly margined with white interiorly; chin and throat silvery ashy brown ; remainder of lower plumage bright orange-yellow.
Bill plumbeous; legs pale fleshy; iris brown (Jerdon).
Length about 4.5 ; tail 1.9; wing 2.1; tarsus .8; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim; the Daphla and Eastern Naga hills; Manipur. Found on hills and mountains up to 9000 feet or probably higher.
Habits, &c. Absolutely nothing is known about the general habits of this bird. Of its nidification Hodgson relates that it lays three or four eggs in an egg-shaped nest made of bamboo-leaves and grass in a clump of bamboos. The eggs appear to be white, spotted with brownish red, and to measure .7 by .5.