(893) Seicercus poliogenys.
The Grey-cheeked Flycatcher-Warbles.
Culicipeta poliogenys Blyth, J. A. S. B.,xvi, p. 441 (1847) (Darjiling). Cryptolopha poliogenys. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 426.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A ring nearly round the eye white; forehead, crown, nape and directly round the ring blackish-ashy; a slightly paler coronal streak; lores, sides of head and neck dark grey, mottled with blackish ; lower cheeks and chin pale grey; back to tail-coverts yellowish olive-green; wings brown, edged narrowly with olive-green and with a band of yellow formed by the tips of the greater coverts; tail brown, the three outer pairs of feathers almost wholly white on the inner webs; lower plumage and axillaries bright yellow.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown; upper mandible dark brown, lower mandible yellow or horny-yellow; legs and feet pale yellowish brown.
Measurements. Total length about 115 mm.; wing 50 to 55 mm.; tail 40 to 42 mm.; tarsus IS mm.; culmen 9 mm.
Distribution. Nepal to the extreme East of Assam, North and South of the Brahmaputra, Manipur, Yunnan.
Nidification. This Flycatcher-Warbler breeds during May and June between 4,000 and 8,000 feet both in Evergreen and in Pine forests, though it seems to prefer the former. The nest is typical of the genus, a green ball of moss, but in this species the lining is of moss-scraps and moss-roots worked into a sort of felt, sometimes an inch or more thick. It is nearly always placed on the ground, though a few are built against rocks and trees. The eggs, four in number, are white, more glossy than most and are rather broad ovals in shape. Forty eggs average 15.8 x 12.5 mm.: maxima 18.0 x 12.3 and 16.3 x 13.0 mm.; minima 15.0 x 11.2 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus. It is found principally between 3,500 and 8,000 feet and is very sedentary, moving very little with the seasons and not wandering into the Plains like most of the other Flycatcher-warblers in Winter.