(358) Pteruthius xanthochloris xanthochloris.
THE GREEN SHRIKE-BABBLER.
Pteruthius xanthochloris Hodgs., J. A. S. B., xv, p. 448 (1847) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 227.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Male. The forehead, lores, sides of the crown and round the eye dark grey ; crown and nape blackish with traces of grey; ear-coverts and upper parts green; lesser wing-coverts brown edged with green; greater coverts the same tipped with yellowish; primary-coverts black ; wings dark brown edged with green exteriorly; tail brown suffused with green-on the outer webs, tipped with white and the outer web of the outermost feather whitish; chin, throat and breast pale ashy, suffused in places with yellow; remaining lower plumage, under wing-coverts and axillaries bright yellow.
Colours of soft parts. Iris grey, dark grey or grey-brown; bill black, the lower mandible and commissure pale blue-grey; legs and feet fleshy or fleshy-grey.
Measurements. Length about 125 mm.; wing 62 to 65 mm.; tail about 48 to 50 mm.; tarsus about 20 mm.; culmen 8 mm.
The female has the crown the same grey as the forehead, and there are no traces of black or blackish on the face.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikkim and Hills North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Nests and eggs sent me by Mr. D. Macdonald and Mr. W. P. Masson with the parent birds are exactly like those of the next form, nor can the eggs be distinguished from those of that bird. They measure about 19.3 x 14.8 mm.
Habits. This is a quiet, rather retiring bird, but cannot be called shy as it does not mind being watched. It keeps to the tops of the higher trees in deep forest and is so slow and unobtrusive in its habits that it does not attract attention and its low, rather pleasant, call-notes cannot be heard at any distance. It is not gregarious, being generally found in pairs, and feeds on small insects and small berries and seeds.