(259) Turdinulus roberti guttaticollis.
Turdinulus guttaticollis Ogilvie-Grant, Ibis, 1895, p. 432 (Miri Hills, Assam).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from Austen's Wren-Babbler in being darker and browner above; the rufous on the sides of the breast and flanks is wanting and there is but little of this colour on the cheeks.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the last race.
Distribution. Hill-ranges of Eastern Assam North and South of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Dr. H. N. Coltart and I found Grant's "Wren-Babbler breeding in some numbers in the hills and broken ground round about Margherita. It nests from some few hundred feet, or even in the plains (vide Stevens), up to 5,000 feet and is an early breeder, most of Dr. Coltart's and my eggs being taken in March and April. Nest and eggs cannot be distinguished from those of T. r. roberti. The latter (40) average 19.3 x 14.8 mm.
Habits. Except that this is a bird of lower levels the description of the last bird's habits would suffice for this also.