With the genus Stachyrhis we enter upon a group of small Timeliine birds which have a slender pointed bill and rather brilliant plumage. This genus is the only one of the subfamily in which the eggs are known to be unspotted white, and it differs from the allied genus Stachyrhidopsis, in which the eggs are spotted, by having the culmen gently curved. The nostril is covered by a large scale somewhat as in Thringorhina.
The birds of this genus appear to confine themselves to low trees and bushes, the leaves and flowers of which they search for insects, and frequently their foreheads are powdered with the pollen of flowers. Their notes are described as pleasant.
S. poliogaster, a species discovered by Davison and named by Hume, from the Malay peninsula, has the sides of the face and the lower plumage grey, and may be discovered in Tenasserim.
Key to the Species.
a. Crown black streaked with white…………….S. nigriceps, p. 162.
b. Crown golden yellow streaked with black.
a1. Back bright olive-yellow…………….S. chrysea, p. 163.
b1. Back slaty green …………….S. assimilis, p. 163.