434. Cryptolopha xanthoschista.
Hodgson's Grey-headed Flycatcher-Warbler.
Phyllopneuste xanthoschistos, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 82 (1844,descr. nulla); Gray, Cat. Mamm. &c. Nepal, p. 151 (1840). Abrornis albosuperciliaris, Blyth, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 202 (1863); Hume, N. & F. p. 371; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 245; Hume, Cat. no. 673. Abrornis xanthoschistus (Hodgs.), Hume & Haulers. Lah. to Yark. p. 220, pl. xx, fig. 1. Cryptolopha xanthoschista (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 398 (part.); Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. i, p. 270.
The White-browed Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, mantle, and back pale ashy brown, with merely a trace of a paler mesial coronal band; scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts yellowish green ; wings and tail brown, with margins of yellowish green, the two outer pairs of tail-feathers white on the inner web; a white supercilium from the nostrils to the nape: lores and behind the eye dark brown; edges of the eyelids white ; sides of the head and of the neck ashy-brown ; the whole lower plumage bright yellow.
Upper mandible brownish black; lower one horny yellow; iris blackish brown ; tarsus plumbeous; toes brownish ; soles yellow ; claws dusky (Scully).
Length about 4.3; tail 1.8 : wing 2.3; tarsus .75; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. Found throughout the Himalayas from Nepal to Hazara and Kashmir. This bird is also found at the foot of the hills, at Saharanpur for instance, and is probably a resident in all parts of its range.
Habits, &c. The breeding-season is from March to May. C. xanthoschista makes a large globular nest of moss, grass, hair, and wool on a grassy bank at the foot of some small bush, and lays four white eggs which measure .63 by .5.
* Scully may have procured both species in Nepal, and, judging from the large average measurements of his seventeen specimens, he probably did. But the birds which are now deposited in the British Museum as having been procured by him in Nepal are undoubtedly all ft jerdoni. He himself identifies them with the lower figure in ' Lahore to Yarkand,' which is the small dark form, C. jerdoni.