122. Pomatorhinus ferruginosus.
The Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler.
Pomatorhinus ferruginosus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 597 (1845); id. Cat. p. 146 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 236 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 29 ; Hume, N. E. p. 249; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 134, pl. iv, fig. 1; Godw.-Aust. J. A. 8. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 75; Hume, Cat. no. 401; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 288 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 422 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 146; Oates in Hume's N. A} E. 2nd ed. i, p. 86. Pomatorhinus rubiginosus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 273 (1855).
Piong-Kohut or Poniong-hut, Lepch.; Bhotetet, Bhut.; Pot-gongor, Daphla.
Coloration. The feathers of the forehead rufous and Lengthened; crown, nape, lores, under the eye, the ear-coverts, and a patch behind them black ; a distinct supercilium to the nape, the chin and the cheeks, as far back as the ear-coverts, white; the upper plumage, the tail, and the visible portion of the closed wings olive-brown, tinged with rufous ; chin and throat white ; breast and centre of upper abdomen bright ferruginous; remainder of lower parts olive-brown.
Bill coral-red; legs greenish brown; iris red-brown (Jerdon); iris pale greenish yellow (Godw.-Austen).
Length about 9; tail 4.3; wing 3.6; tarsus 1.2 ; bill from gape. 1.3.
Distribution. The Himalayas, from Nepal to Assam, where it was procured by Godwin-Austen in the Daphla and in the Eastern Naga hills.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim in May, constructing an egg- or cone-shaped nest of grass, leaves, and fibres on the ground or low down in a bamboo-clump. In a nest found by Gammie there were four eggs, which measured 1.08 by .8.