292. Spizixus canifrons.
The Finch-billed Bulbul.
Spizixos canifrons, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 571 (1845) ; id. Cat, p. 339 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 251; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 106; xliii, pt. ii, p. 179; Blyth, Ibis, 1872, p. 90; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 386; id. Cat. no. 453 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 172; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 180; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 184.
Coloration. Forehead and front part of the crown ashy grey; remainder of crown, lores, and round the eye black; cheeks and point of the chin blackish, the feathers with greyish-white tips; ear-coverts pale brown; sides of the neck, meeting narrowly behind the nape, grey streaked slightly with blackish; throat very dark brown, shading off into ashy brown; upper plumage and wing-coverts green; wings dark brown, the outer webs greenish yellow; tail greenish yellow, the terminal quarter black ; lower plumage greenish yellow ; under tail-coverts and edge of wing yellowish.
Legs and feet brownish fleshy; claws brown; bill yellowish-horny white; gape black; iris reddish brown (Hume); iris brown, hazel; bill greenish white (Cockburn).
Length about 8.5; tail 3.8; wing 3.7 ; tarsus .8; bill from gape .75.
Distribution. The Khasi hills and Manipur.
Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen remarks that S. canifrons breeds near Shillong in May.