188. Myiophoneus eugenii.
The Burmese Whistling-Thrush.
Myiophoneus eugenei, Hume, S. F. i, p. 475 (1873), iii, p. 106, v, p. 113, note; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 236; Hume, Cat. no. 343 bis ;Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 176 ; Oates, S. F. x, p. 204 ; id. B. B. i, p. 17 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 9; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 610; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 123.
Coloration. Resembles M. temmincki. Differs in having the median upper wing-coverts without the conspicuous white tips of that species, and in having a bill much larger and with less black on the upper mandible.
Bill orange-yellow, the region of the nostrils and a portion of the culmen dark brown ; mouth yellow; iris umber-brown; eyelids straw-yellow; legs black.
Length about 13.5; tail 5.5; wing 7; tarsus 2.3; bill from gape 1.7.
Distribution. The whole of Pegu east of the Irrawaddy river ; the Karen hills ; Karennee; the pine-forests of the Salween river; the central portion of Tenasserim, and the Thoungyeen valley; extending into Siam.
Habits, &c. Like the preceding species, the present bird is found in rocky streams as a rule, but Mr. Fea procured the only specimen that he observed in Tenasserim near the Farm Caves of Moulmein. Bingham got the nest in April in the Thoungyeen valley. It was made of green moss and black roots and fibres, and was placed on a dead tree which had been caught by rocks in the river-bed. The eggs were of a pale stone-colour, spotted with reddish brown, and measured about 1.48 by 1.02.