353. Elachura punctata

353. Elachura punctata.

The Spotted Wren.

Troglodytes punctatus*, Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xiv, p. 580 (1845); id. Cat. p. 158; Jerd. B. Ind. i, p. 492 ; Hume, 8. F. ii, p. 525: id. S. F. v, p 238 ; id. Cat. no. 334. Troglodytes formosus, Wald. Ibis, 1874, p. 91. Anorthura formosa (Wald.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 279.
The Spotted Wren, Jerd.; Marchok-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. The upper plumage, wing-coverts, sides of the head, and neck dark brown, tinged with rufous on the lower part of the rump and the upper tail-coverts, and each feather with a small subterminal white spot bordered above and below with black; inner webs of quills brown, the outer barred with chestnut and black ; tail reddish brown, cross-barred with black; lower plumage pale fulvous, inclining to rufous on the abdomen and flanks, each feather with a triangular white spot, above which is a smaller black one, and all the feathers delicately vermiculated with black.

Bill horny brown; legs pale brown; iris brown (Jerdon).

Length about 4.5; tail 1.2; wing 1.8; tarsus .65; bill from gape .6.

Distribution. Confined to Sikhim, where this Wren appears to be found at high elevations only.

* As above stated, Blyth proposed to constitute a new genus for this species. At all events the bird is not congeneric with the European Wren to which Brehm applied the name 'punctatus,' and therefore Blyth's specific name may be retained in preference to Walden's.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
353. Elachura punctata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Spotted Wren
Spotted Wren-Babbler
Spelaeornis formosus
Vol. 1

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