376. Orthotomus ruficeps.
The Red-headed Tailor-bird.
Edela ruficeps, Less. Tr. d'Orn. p. 309 (1831, nee Less. Cent. Zool. p. 212, pl. 71). Orthotomus edela, Temm., Blyth, Cat. p, 144. Orthotomus ruficeps (Less.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 316; Sharpe, Ibis, 1877, p. 114; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 346; Hume, Cat. no. 530 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 224 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 108.
Coloration. Male. The forehead, crown, and nape chestnut; back, scapulars, and rump ashy; upper tail-coverts ashy rufous ; tail chestnut, the feathers blackish near the basal halves of the shafts ; wings and coverts brown edged with ashy; cheeks, lower half of the ear-coverts, and entire lower plumage white, tinged with ashy on the sides of the body; thighs ferruginous.
Female. Differs from the male merely in the tail-feathers being blackish near the shafts throughout the whole Length, with an expansion of this colour near the tip.
In females the lower mandibles are fleshy pink, upper mandibles horny brown; the legs and feet were fleshy pink in one, in another the feet, claws, and back of tarsus were fleshy, front of tarsus brown; iris in one salmon, in the other deep brown (Hume & Davison).
Length about 5; tail 1.5; wing 1.9; tarsus .8; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. The extreme southern point of Tenasserim, extending down the Malay peninsula to the islands.