(253) Pellorneum tickelli assamensis.
Drymocataphus assamensis Sharpe, Cat. B. M., vii, p. 557 (1883) (Dikrang); Blanf, & Oates, i, p. 147.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Diners from Tickell's Babbler in being a rufescent olive-brown above, the crown and mantle more conspicuously white-shafted.
Colours of soft parts as in the last bird.
Measurements. Much the same as in the last. Wing 64 to 67 mm.; tail 50 to 55 mm.
Distribution. Eastern Assam, North and South of the Brahma¬putra.
Nidification similar to that of tickelli, but a larger assortment of materials are to be found in the nests. The favourite building-sites are in rocky ravines with bush-covered sides, and the nests are often placed actually on the ground. One hundred eggs average 19.9 x 15.7 mm. In colour they are much like those of the last bird but are duller and a series shows a much more olive-grey tint.
Habits. Common all the year round from about 700 feet upwards, otherwise its, habits, haunts and food all agree well with those of the last bird. Godwin-Austen records this little Babbler as being very fearless, but those seen by Dr. H. N. Coltart and myself were very shy.