437. Cryptolopha castaneiceps.
The Chestnut-headed Flycatcher- Warbler.
Abrornis castaneoceps, Hodgs. in Grays Zool. Misc. p. 82 (1844); Gray, Cat. Mamm. etc. Nepal, pp. 66, 152 (1846); Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 205 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 54; Hume, N. & E. p. 372; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 168, xlv, pt. ii, p. 80; Hume, Cat. no. 578; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 310; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 227. Reguloides castaneiceps (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 344. Cryptolopha castaneiceps (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 404; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 272.
The Chestnut-headed Warbler, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead and crown bright chestnut, terminated on the nape by two black patches separated from each other by a white patch ; a second patch of white outside each black one; a white ring round the eye; lores, sides of head, neck, and mantle slaty blue ; chin, throat, and upper breast pale grey; middle of abdomen white; sides of body, vent, and under tail-coverts bright yellow ; back and scapulars olive-green ; rump bright yellow; wings, coverts, and tail dark brown edged with olive-green, the median and greater coverts broadly tipped yellow, the two outer pairs of tail-feathers white on the inner webs.
The young bird has the crown paler chestnut.
Upper mandible brownish black ; lower mandible buff-horny or orange; iris dark brown ; feet dingy brownish, the soles greenish yellow ; claws dusky (Scully).
Length about 4; tail 1.7; wing 2; tarsus .65; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim. Godwin-Austen also observed this bird in the Daphla hills, in the Naga hills, and in Manipur, and 1 have seen specimens which were procured at Shillong.
Habits, &c. According to Hodgson this species breeds in Nepal from April to June, constructing a large oval nest of moss and roots on the ground. He does not describe the eggs.