117. Pomatorhinus nuchalis.
The Tweeddale Scimitar Babbler.
Pomatorhinus schisticeps, Hodgs. apud Hume, S. F. iii, p. 121. Pomatorhinus leucogaster, Gould, apud Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 113 ; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 465; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 282. Pomatorhinus nuchalis, Tweedd. A. M. N. II. (4) xx, p. 535 (1877); Hume & Dav. S. F. vi. p. 284; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1878, p. 134; Hume, Cat. no. 403 ter; id. S. F. ix, p. 251; Oates, B. B. i, p. 71; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 413.
Coloration. Resembles P. schisticeps. Differs in not having any white streaks on the sides of the breast and abdomen, and in having the culmen black only in the immediate vicinity of the nostrils and not, as in P. schisticeps, over the basal half.
In this species the rufous collar on the hind neck is generally well indicated.
Bill orange-yellow; the base of the lower mandible and the gape dusky; inside of mouth flesh-colour ; iris pale yellow; eyelid and ocular region pale lavender; legs dusky plumbeous; claws horny brown.
Length about 9; tail 3.9; wing 3.5; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. I have examined specimens from Thayetmyo, the Karen hills east of Toungngoo, Karennee, the pine-forests of the Salween river, Pahpoon, and the Yonzalin river.