170. Stachyrhis chrysaea.
The Golden-headed Babbler.
Stachyris chrysaea, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 379 (1844); Hodgs, in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 83 (1844) ; id. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 23 ; Blyth, Cat. p. 150; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 232; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 22 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 245; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 636; Hume, Cat. no. 394; id. S. F. xi, p. 142; Oates in Hume's N. E. 2nd ed. i, p. 112. Stachyridopsis chrysaea (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 601; Oates, B. B. i, p. 52.
The Golden-headed Wren-Babbler, Jerd.; Syak-birang-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead just above the lores pure yellow; lores, in front of the eye, and a short moustachial streak black ; ear-coverts oil-yellow; forehead, crown, and nape bright golden-yellow, streaked with black; upper plumage and exposed parts of wings bright olive-yellow; tail brown, washed with yellow on the outer webs; sides of neck like the back; entire lower plumage bright yellow.
Bill plumbeous; legs pale brownish yellow; iris light brown (Jerdon).
Length about 4.5; tail 2; wing 2; tarsus .75; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, Bhutan, and Assam ; Khasi hills ; Manipur; the neighbourhood of Bhamo; probably Arrakan; up to 5000 feet elevation. A specimen from Perak in the British Museum is referable to this species.
Habits, &c. Gammie found a nest in Sikhim in May - an oval structure made of bamboo-leaves and fixed vertically between some upright branchlets within two feet of the ground. The eggs measure .63 by .48.