(915) Horornis major.
The Large Bush-Warbler.
Horeites major Moore. P. Z. S , 1854, p. 105 (Nepal). Horornis major. Blanf. & Oates, 1, p. 438.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Forehead, crown and nape deep, rich chestnut-brown, the edge of the forehead and a supercilium paler and more rufous; whole upper plumage and visible portions of tail and wings dark olive-brown, the last tinged with rufous; lores next to the eye and a line behind dark brown; cheeks and upper parts of ear-coverts rufous; lower parts of ear-coverts, chin, throat, and breast greyish white; remainder of lower parts dull white suffused with brown on the sides oil the breast, flanks, thighs, vent and under tail-coverts; under wing-coverts and axillaries fulvous or fulvous-white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris hazel or deep brown; bill horny-brown above, yellow on the commissure and lower mandible; legs and feet tan-brown.
Measurements. Total length about 125 mm.; wing 57 to 67 mm.; tail 44 to 51 mm.; tarsus 24 to 25 mm.; culmen 11 mm.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikkim.
Nidification. The Large Bush-Warbler breeds in Sikkim at 9,000 feet upwards and perhaps down to 7,000 feet in May and June in dense forest. The only nest I have seen, authentic beyond all doubt, could not have been distinguished from one of that bird. The eggs were also indistinguishable but were large, measuring 18.3 x 13.9 mm. The nest and eggs described under the name of this bird in Hume's ' Nests and Eggs,' p. 281, were not of this species.
Habits. Those of the genus but the Large Bush-Warbler keeps more to higher elevations, even in Winter, than does any other species of this genus.