375. Orthotomus atrigularis.
The Black-necked Tailor-bird.
Orthotomus atrogularis, Temm. Pl. Col. livr. 101 (1836); Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 316; Sharpe, Ibis, 1877, pp. 16, 113; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 345; Hume, Cat. no. 530 bis ; Oates, S. P. x, p. 219; id, B. B. i, p. 109; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 220; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i. p. 235. Orthotomus flavoviridis, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 79; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 166; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 25. Orthotomus nitidus, Hume, S. F. ii, pp. 478, 507 ; iii, p. 325.
Coloration. Male. The forehead, crown, nape, and lores chestnut ; ear-coverts, cheeks, and chin white, with the blackish bases of the feathers showing through ; upper plumage and wing-coverts yellowish green ; wings dark brown, edged with green; tail green, the edges lighter, the outer feathers tipped with yellowish and subterminally dark brown ; a large patch on the throat black ; lower part of the breast and sides of the body ashy; abdomen white; thighs rufous ; under wing-coverts, axillaries, edge of wing, and under tail-coverts bright yellow.
Female. Differs in having no black patch on the throat. The young resemble the female.
Iris orange-brown; eyelids plumbeous; upper mandible brown, lower one and gape flesh-colour; legs flesh-colour; claws pale horn-colour.
Distribution. The lower ranges of the Himalayas, from the Rangit river in Sikhim to the Dhansiri valley, Assam; the Garo hills; Cachar; the southern portions of Pegu and the whole of Tenasserim. This species extends down the Malay peninsula.
Habits, &c. Frequents forest country. Mandelli found the nest near the great Rangit river on the 18th July. Both the nest and eggs resemble those of 0. sutorius.