152. Drymocataphus assamensis.
Turdinus garoensis, Godwin-Austen, J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 75 (1876), nec xliii, pt. ii, p. 160. Drymocataphus assamensis, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 557 (1883).
Coloration. Upper plumage rufescent olive-brown, the forehead with fulvous shaft-stripes, the crown and mantle with conspicuous pale shafts ; the outer webs of the primaries brighter rufous ; sides of the head fulvous, mottled with brown; sides of the neck and lower plumage fulvous, albescent on the centre of the abdomen, and tinged with olivaceous on the sides of the breast and abdomen.
Iris red-brown; legs very pale fleshy (Godw.-Aust.).
Length about 6; tail 2.1; wing 2.6; tarsus 1.15; bill from gape .7.
This species differs from D. tickelli in having the upper plumage rufescent olive-brown, and in having a longer tarsus.
The bird obtained by Godwin-Austen in the Garo hills, and described by him as T. garoensis in 1874, proved, according to Sharpe, who examined it, to be merely a specimen of D. tickelli. This specimen, I regret to say, has been lost or mislaid. A second bird procured by Godwin-Austen in the Dikrang valley in Assam, and referred by him to the same T. garoensis, proved to be the present species, but it cannot bear Godwin-Austen's name. Sharpe has rightly renamed it.
Distribution. I have examined undoubted specimens of this species from the Khasi hills, and from Dhollah and Sadiya in Assam. Godwin-Austen obtained it in the Dikrang valley, Assam.
Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen says : - "Proceeding through the dense underwood in the Dikrang valley, I caught sight of this bird on the narrow path above two yards from my feet, and at the first glance took it to be a small rodent. It was most fearless and made ho attempt to fly off."