438. Cryptolopha cantator.
Tickell's Flycatcher- Warbler.
Motacilla cantator, Tick. J. A. S. B. ii, p. 576 (1833). Abrornis cantator (Tick.), Blyth, Cat. p. 183; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 338; Hume, N. & E. p. 370; id. Cat. no. 570; id. S. F. xi, p. 225. Culicipeta cantator (Tick.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 200. Abrornis chrysea, Wald. in Blyth, B. Burm. p. 106; Hume, S. F. v, p. 55; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 359 ; Hume, Cat. no. 576 bis. Cryptolopha cantatrix, Tick., Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 397. Cryptolopha cantator (Tick.), Oates, B. B. i, p. 270; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 272. The Lesser Black-browed Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Sides of the crown broadly black, enclosing an olive-yellow median coronal band ; lores, a distinct supercilium, cheeks, ear-coverts, sides of neck, throat, and breast bright yellow ; middle of the abdomen white, sides of the body pale grey; vent and under tail-coverts bright yellow; upper plumage olive-yellow; wings dark brown edged exteriorly with olive-yellow; wing-coverts olive-yellow, the greater series tipped with yellow ; tail brown, the feathers edged with olive-yellow externally, and near the tip internally with pale yellow except on the two median pairs.
Maxilla brown ; mandible pale straw-colour ( Wardlaw Ramsay); legs fleshy-yellow ; iris hazel (Jerdon).
Length about 4; tail 1.8; wing 2.2; tarsus .65; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. Found from Sikhim to Assam; also in Manipur and in the Karen hills to the east of Toungngoo. It is said to occur in Central India, and to be rare in Lower Bengal, but I have seen no specimen from the plains of India.
Habits, &c. It is doubtful whether the nest and egg said to belong to this species, and described in 'Nests and Eggs,' did really belong to it, and consequently I shall not describe them.