130. Pomatorhinus macclellandi.
McClelland's Scimitar Babbler.
Pomatorhinus macclellandi, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 32 (1863) (descr. nulla) ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 103 (1870); Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 302 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 177; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 143; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 412; id. Cat. no. 404 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 431; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 149. Pomatorhinus gravivox, David, Ann. Sci. Nat. xviii, art. v, p. 2 (1873).
Coloration. Upper plumage, tail, exposed parts of closed wings and sides of the neck olive-brown; point of the forehead rufous ; lores whitish in front, blackish behind; cheek-stripe black; ear-coverts chestnut; chin, throat, breast, and abdomen white, the upper breast with a cross band of triangular black spots ; sides of body olive-brown ;. thighs and under tail-coverts deep chestnut.
Legs and feet pale brown ; upper mandible dark brown, lower pale horny drab; orbital skin and bare space behind eye leaden dusky; iris reddish or salmon-white, yellowish white, or very pale yellow (Hume); iris lemon-yellow (Cockburn).
Length about 9; tail 3.6; wing 3.4; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape 1.3.
Distribution. The National Collection contains a large series collected by Hume in Manipur and another by Cockburn at Shillong. The only other example is a bird which Sharpe assures us is Jerdon's type from Dibrugarh in Assam. This species has been obtained by Godwin-Austen in the Barail range and in the Naga hills.