(890) Seicercus burkii tephrocephalus.
Culicipeta tephrocephalus Anderson, P. Z.S.. 1871, p. 213 (Bhamo). Cryptolopha tephrocephala. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 423.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Very close in general appearance to S. affinis but with the yellow eye-ring of S. b. burkii; the underparts also are similar to those of S. b. burkii.
Colours of soft parts as in the last.
Measurements. Total length about 115 mm.; wing 51 to 58 mm.; tail 42 to 44 mm.; tarsus about 18 mm.; culmen about 11 mm.
Distribution. Hills of Burma from Chin Hills to Shan States, the Southern limits are not known.
Nidification. Capt. F. E. W. Venning found this bird breeding at Haka, Chin Hills, in May, and Col. H. H. Harington obtained nests and eggs in the Bhamo Hills in the same month. The nest differs from that of S. b. burkii in being outwardly composed principally of coarse grass; the lining is of moss and down, as it is in the nest of that bird and the sites selected are similar, but the ground is more often covered with dead grass and bracken than with moss.
It apparently breeds between 4,000 and 7,000 feet.
The eggs are undistinguishable from those of S. b. burkii.
Habits are those of the species.