(830) Franklinia cinereocapilla.
Prinia cinereocapilla Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. S., 1854, p. 77 (Nepal). Franklinia cinereocapilla. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. .379.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Forehead and a narrow line over the eye rufous ; lores blackish; crown, nape and sides of neck ashy-grey, faintly cross-barred with blackish ; upper plumage and exposed parts of wing bright dark rufous; tail rufous-brown, edged with rufous, tipped paler and sub-tipped with a dark brown patch; cheeks and whole lower plumage fulvous, darker on the vent, posterior flanks and under tail-coverts.
The only two Summer birds in the British Museum are rather pale, but otherwise show no difference in their plumage to the Winter specimens.
Colours of soft parts. None recorded.
Measurements. Wing 43 to 45 mm.; tail 53 to 67 mm.; tarsus about 20 mm.; culmen 10 to 11 mm. Summer specimens will probably prove to have shorter tails.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikkim and the Bhutan Duars.
Nidification. A nest sent me as that of this bird resembled that of F. r. austeni, and was built in a single leaf of a weed growing in secondary growth. It contained two eggs, plain blue, measuring 16.0 x 11.6 and 16.1 x 11.7 mm.
Habits. Very little known, but Mr. Stevens found it not uncommon in the Darjiling Terai. In epistola he tells me that its habits are just the same as those of F. gracilis and F. rufescent.