354. Urocichla longicaudata.
The Long-tailed Wren.
Pnoepyga longicaudata, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 74; id. & Horsf. Cat. i, p. 398; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 400 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 101; xliii, pt. ii, p. 178; Hume, Cat. no. 332. Pnoepyga chocolatina, Godw.-Aust. & Wald. Ibis, 1875, p. 252; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xiv, pt. ii, p. 195; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 218 ; id. Cat. p. 332 bis; id. S. F. xi, p. 120. Urocichla longicaudata (Moore), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 263.
The Long-tailed Hill- Wren, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, back, and the sides of the neck olive-brown, each feather with a narrow brown or blackish margin; rump, upper tail-coverts, and tail olive-brown with a rufous tinge ; coverts and wings brown, with the greater part of the outer webs chestnut-brown ; lores, cheeks, and ear-coverts deep ashy; the whole lower plumage ferruginous, the feathers of the throat and breast with numerous small brown specks, most conspicuous in newly-moulted birds ; middle of the abdomen white.
The young bird is uniform rufous above, without any margins to the feathers, and the lower plumage is always, from the earliest age, like that of the adult. The brown margins commence to appear almost at once, but some months elapse before the upper plumage presents the squamated appearance of the adult.
Iris red; bill black; legs brown (Coehburn).
Length about 4.5; tail 2; wing 2.1 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape
Distribution. Shillong and Cherra Poonjee in the Khasi hills. This bird is not known to occur elsewhere, and its reputed occurrence in Afghanistan and Sikhim is erroneous.