(971) Saroglossa spiloptera assamensis.
The Assam Spotted-winged Stare.
Psaraglossa spiloptera assamensis Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C. xlv, p. 14, 1924 (Khasia Hills). Psaraglossa spiloptera. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 249 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to S. s. spiloptera but deeper and more richly coloured both above and below in both sexes. In the male the grey centres to the feathers of the back are bolder arid the margins blacker and less brown.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the last bird.
Distribution. Eastern Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Assam, the Burmese Hills to Tenasserim, Shan States, Yunnan, Annam, Cochin China and South-West China.
Nidification. An egg taken by myself in N. Cachar was laid in a hole in a tree at an elevation of about 2,500 ft. There was no-nest beyond a little rubbish and the hole was high up in a rotten branch of a Bombax malabarica. It is like that of the preceding bird in coloration but measures 28.0 x 19.0 mm. and is probably an unusually large egg. Young were found hatched in early May and flying about at the end of that month. For nesting purposes the birds seemed to select very unclimbable trees or trees in very inaccessible positions overhanging cliffs and steep hillsides.
Habits. Those of the preceding bird. It haunts light forest but preferably open, well-wooded country not far from heavier forest.