(278) Stachyridopsis ruficeps bhamoensis.
THE BHAMO RED-HEADED BABBLER.
Stachyridopsis ruficeps bhamoensis Harington, A. M. N. IT., ii, p. 245 (1908) (Bhamo Hille).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the last in having the light chestnut of the head confined to the crown; the throat and lower parts are a more greyish-yellow. From S. r. sinensis, the Chinese form, it differs in having black streaks to the feathers of the forehead and a much more massive bill.
Colours of soft parts like those of the last bird.
Measurements. A trifle smaller than S. r. ruficeps, wing about 52 to 56 mm.
Distribution. The Bhamo Hill Tracts and S. Shan States,
Nidification. " A very noisy little bird in the breeding season, drawing attention to itself if anyone invades its particular bit of jungle. It builds an untidy, retort-shaped nest entirely of bam¬boo leaves, which it places in clumps of long, overhanging grass. It is always well concealed and can only be found by seeing the bird fly out." (Harington.)
The eggs, three or four in number, are indistinguishable from those of the last bird. Thirty eggs average 16.3 x 12.7 mm. A good many odd eggs of this bird are pure unspotted white and two clutches taken by Mr. F. Grant are dl without any markings.
Habits similar to those of the last bird.