(203) Pomatorhinus nuchalis.
Pomatorhinus nuchalis Tweeddale, A. M. N. H., (4) xx, p. 535 (1877) (Thayetmyo); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 117.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Resembles a small P. schisticeps, but has the rufous of the neck and sides unstreaked with white. The rufous nuchal collar is also more developed.
Colours of soft parts. Iris pale to golden yellow; eyelid and ocular region pale lavender; bill orange-yellow, only the base and gape dusky; inside of mouth flesh-colour; legs dusky plumbeous ; claws horny-brown.
Measurements. Length about 225 to 235 mm.; wing 87 to 91 mm.; tail about 210 to 220 mm.; tarsus about 30 mm.; culmen about 25 mm.
Distribution. Eastern Burma, east of the Sittaung from Papun in the South to the Northern Shan States. Mackenzie found it not rare at Prome.
Nidification. The nest, which has been taken by Col. Harington and J. P. Cook, is similar to that of other Scimitar-Babblers. The eggs appear to number two or three only. Twelve eggs measure about 25.0 x 18.2 mm.
Habits. According to Harington the bird haunts the thickest of cover, whether bamboo or other. It is found from some 2,000 to 6,500 feet or higher.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Upper parts rufous-brown P. o. olivaceus, p. 209.
B. Upper parts olive-brown P. o. ripponi, p. 210.