590. Alseonax muttui.
Butalis muttui, Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 127 (1854) ; Legge, Ibis, 1878, p. 203 ; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 513 ; id. Cat. no. 299 ter. Cyornis mandellii, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 510 (1874), iv, p. 396, vii, p. 456; id. Cat. no. 307 bis. Alseonax flavipes, Legge, S. F. iii, p. 367 (1875). Alseonax muttui (Layard), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 132; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 417, pl. xviii. Siphia mandellii (Hume), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 453, footnote. Alseonax mandellii (Hume), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, App. p. 472; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 109.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape olive-brown, with indistinct brown shaft-streaks; remainder of the upper plumage ruddy brown, changing to bright ferruginous on the upper tail-coverts ; wings brown, the outer webs of the coverts and quills broadly edged with ferruginous ; tail brown, suffused with ferruginous on the outer webs; lores and a conspicuous ring round the eyes white; chin and throat white; ear-coverts olive-brown; cheeks, sides of the neck, the whole breast, and the sides of the body yellowish brown ; middle of the abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts pale yellowish white.
Legs and feet pale wax-yellow ; claws brown ; upper mandible blackish brown, yellowish at tip ; lower mandible dull horny-yellow ; iris brown (Hume).
Length about 5.5; tail 2.1; wing 2.8; tarsus .55; bill from gape .65.
I have not been able to examine a young bird.
Distribution. Summers in Sikhim and probably in other parts of the Himalayas and winters in Travancore and Ceylon. This species occurs at Shillong on the Khasi hills, where it has been obtained in August, September, and October, and in Manipur, where Hume observed it in April. It may probably be a permanent resident, therefore, in Shillong and in Manipur. Brooks observed it at Mudhupur on the E. I. Railway on passage. Legge notes it from Ceylon in January and June. Altogether our knowledge of the movements of this Flycatcher is very imperfect.