452. Horornis major.
The Large Bush-Warbler.
Horeites major, Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 105 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 323; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 164; Blanf. J. A S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 161; Hume, N, & E. p. 331; id. Cat. no. 529. Cettia major (Hodgs), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 145, pi. vii. Horornis major (Hodgs.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 281.
The Large Hill-Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape chestnut-brown; upper plumage and visible portions of wings and tail olive-brown ; the two latter parts tinged with rufous; lores and behind the eye blackish ; a pale rufous supercilium; ear-coverts rufous-ashy; chin, throat, and breast greyish white ; centre of abdomen whitish ; sides of the body, vent, thighs, and under tail-coverts dull ochraceous-brown.
In the dry state, the upper mandible and tip of the lower are dark brown, the remainder of the bill yellowish; legs fleshy brown.
Length about 5 ; tail 2; wing 2.4; tarsus .9; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim at high altitudes in July, constructing a cup-shaped nest, composed of fern-roots, hair, wool, moss, &c, in a low bush.
The eggs, which appear to be three in number, are, unlike those of most species of Horornis, of a white colour, sprinkled over the larger half of the egg with minute specks of brownish red. They measure .7 by .54.