317. Sitta neglecta.
The Burmese Nuthatch.
Sitta neglecta, Wald. A. M. N. H. (4) v, p. 218 (1870) ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 87 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 201; Hume, Cat. no. 250 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 171 ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 349; Oates, B. B. i, p. 131; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 193.
Coloration. Similar to Sitta cinnamomeiventris. Differs in having the throat and breast much paler than the abdomen and not concolorous with it, and in having the white of the chin, cheeks, and ear-coverts blending with the rufous of the throat and breast, and not sharply defined from it. The sexes of both species differ in the same relative manner.
Iris brown; upper mandible bluish black, lower plumbeous ; legs and feet dark plumbeous ; claws horn-colour.
Length about 5.5; tail 1.7; wing 3.2; tarsus .75; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Throughout Pegu and Tenasserim, up to the Irrawaddy river on the west and to Karennee and the Salween river on the east, and extending south to the latitude of Muleyit mountain on both sides of the range.
Habits, &c. Bingham found the nest in Tenasserim on the 21st March, with five young birds, in a hole of a branch of a dead tree. The hole was about 6 inches deep, and the mouth of the hole was plastered and reduced in size by an edging of clay.