349. Sphenocichla humii.
Hume's Wedge-billed Wren.
Heterorhynchus humei, Mandelli, S. F. i, p. 415 (1873); Hume, Cat. no. 383 bis. Sphenocichla humii (Mand.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 283 (part.).
Coloration. Forehead and sides of the head blackish, with white shafts; the whole upper plumage and wing-coverts golden brown, each feather with a pale shaft and very distinctly bordered with black, and the feathers of the back, rump, scapulars, and coverts also cross-barred with black; wings and tail dull golden brown cross-barred with black; sides of the neck black; a broad supercilium grey, reaching to the nape and there terminating in a number of drops extending over the sides of the neck ; chin, throat, breast, and sides of the body deep black with pale whitish shafts; centre of the abdomen ashy; vent, flanks, and under tail-coverts golden brown, each feather with a pale shaft and distinctly edged with black.
In the dry state the legs and claws are dark brown, the bill bluish horny, paler below.
Length about 7; tail 2.9; wing 3; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.05.
Distribution. Native Sikhim only, so far as is at present known, from which place there is a considerable series in the British Museum, procured by Mandelli's men, and preserved in the Hume Collection. Nothing whatever is known about the habits of this bird.