133. Xiphorhamphus superciliaris.
The Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler.
Xiphirhynchus superciliaris, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xi, p. 175 (1842). Xiphorhamphus superciliaris (Blyth), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 947; id. Cat. p. 147 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 238 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 33; id. Ill. Ind. Orn. pl. 49 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 198 ; Hume, Cat. no. 403; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 433; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 153; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 89. Karriok-tamveep, Lepch.
Coloration. Lores black; chin and upper throat white streaked with ashy; with these exceptions, the whole head is slaty grey with white tips to the feathers at the side of the crown, forming an interrupted white supercilium from the forehead to the nape; upper plumage bright rufous-brown ; tail dark brown or blackish, the outer webs on their basal halves washed with the colour of the back; wings dark brown, the outer webs olive-brown, and the tertiaries rufous-brown; breast and abdomen ferruginous; sides of the body, vent, and under tail-coverts rufous-brown; thighs plumbeous.
Bill dusky black, plumbeous at the tip; legs leaden brown ; iris red-brown (Jerdon).
Length nearly 9; tail 3.6; wing 3; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape to tip straight 2.3.
Distribution. This bird occurs in Sikhim. Hodgson figures the bird and nest, but his notes show that his specimens were procured in Sikhim and not in Nepal. The only other locality from which the species is known is the Manipur hills, where Godwin-Austen obtained it on the Konchungbum Peak.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim in May and June, constructing a globular nest of leaves and grass on the ground or in thick bushes or tufts of grass. The eggs are pure white, and measure 1.03 by .72.