128. Pomatorhinus stenorhynchus.
The Narrow-billed Scimitar Babbler.
Pomatorhinus stenorhynchus, Godwin-Austen, J. A. S. B. xlvi, pt. ii, p. 43 (1877); Hume, S. F. v, p. 342; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 135, pi. v, fig. 2; Hume, Cat. no. 401 quint.; Godw-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 17; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 424.
Coloration. Resembles P. ochraceiceps. Differs in being of a paler ochraceous above and in having the lower parts, except the chin and throat, suffused with ochraceous or rufous buff.
Bill bright orange-red; legs and feet horny grey (Godwin-Austen).
Length about 8; tail 4.1; wing 3.5; tarsus 1.2; bill at gape 1.3 to 1.5; the female appears to be rather smaller than the male.
Distribution. The type of this species was procured at Manbum Tila on the Tenga Pani river near Sadiya, in Assam, at 8000 feet. Hume obtained it from Tippook, and I have seen a specimen which is labelled " Naga Hills."
The next four species have coarser bills, and two of them are sometimes placed in the genus Orthorhinus of Blyth.