(217) Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni.
Pomatorhinus austeni Hume, S. F., x, p. 152 (1881) (E. Manipur); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 123.
Vernacular names. Inrui-gna (Kacha Naga).
Description. Differs from the last in having the upper plumage pale olive-brown, merely tinged with ochre on the head and neck. The flanks, vent and under tail-coverts are also olive-brown.
Colours of soft parts as in P. o. ochraceiceps.
Measurements as in P. o. ochraceiceps, but the bill measures up to 36 mm.
Distribution. Hitherto only obtained in the Eastern Manipur Hills and once, for certain, in Eastern Cachar.
Nidification. Like the other species of this genus, Hume's Scimitar-Babbler makes an oval domed nest of grass and bamboo leaves. A nest taken by myself at about 5,000 feet contained four eggs measuring about 27.8 x 19.3 mm. It was taken on the 19th of June.
Habits. This bird seems to be found between 5,000 and 6,000 feet and upwards in the more humid forests with ample under¬ growth. Little is known about it, and even its distribution east¬wards is still a matter of doubt.