(739) Pericrocotus brevirostris affinis.
The Assam Short-billed Minivet.
Pericrocotus affinis McClell., P. Z. S., 1839, p. 156 (Assam).
Vernacular names. Lali-rajah-sorai (Assamese); Dao-ribi-kashiba (Cachari).
Description. Similar to P. brevirostris, but deeper crimson below.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the preceding birds. Wing 94 to 112 mm.; tail 97 to 120 mm.
Female. Above a darker grey than in P. b. brevirostris and with no green tinge; the throat is lemon-yellow instead of whitish yellow, and the rest of the lower plumage is a bright deep yellow frequently tinged with orange.
Distribution. Assam, North Burma, Shan States. Kachin Hills.
Sikkim birds are typical affinis^ whilst Nepal birds are intermediate between this and the last form.
McClelland in describing his affinis from Assam obviously compares it with a Western Himalayan bird, and well defines the differences between the two forms. His name must therefore stand for the Eastern form, whilst the type-locality must be somewhere in the Western Himalayas.
Habits. Those of the species. In Assam and Burma it is purely a forest-bird, and even in winter is not often found in the open as is its Indian cousin.