432. Cryptolopha tephrocephala.
Culicipeta tephrocephalus, Anders. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 213; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 140; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 107; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 626, pl. 50. Cryptolopha tephrocephalus (Anders.), Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 358; Hume, Cat. no. 569 bis ; Oates, S. F. x, p. 223 ; id. B. B. i, p. 271. Cryptolopha affinis (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 398 (part.).
Coloration. Sides of the crown broadly black, enclosing a broad median band of bluish grey; a very conspicuous ring round the eye yellow; lores, cheeks, and lower part of the ear-coverts yellowish green sullied with brown ; the upper part of the ear-coverts and a broad supercilium adjoining the black coronal streak bluish grey; the whole lower plumage bright yellow; the upper plumage olive, and the edges of all the wing-feathers and tail olive-green, the greater coverts tipped yellowish white; the two outer pairs of tail-feathers largely white on the inner webs.
Upper mandible brown, lower one yellow ; mouth yellow; legs yellow ; claws yellowish horn-colour.
Length about 4.3; tail 1.8; wing 2.2; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape .65.
This species differs from C. affinis in having a conspicuously larger bill, a ring of yellow instead of white round the eye, and the sides of the head yellowish instead of bluish grey.
Distribution. Throughout Pegu, Karennee, and the northern and central portions of Tenasserim, where it is probably a resident species. Blyth records the allied C. burkii from Arrakan, but it is more likely to be the present species which occurs there. It extends into China.