1159. Syrnium biddulphi.
Syrnium biddulphi, Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 423, pl. xiv; id. S. F. x, p. 95. Similar to the last, but rather larger, still greyer than the north-western variety of S. nivicola, and intermediate in markings between that species and S. aluco, there being a tendency to dark median bars on the hind-neck, back, and scapulars, though less than in the European form. The vermiculation or mottling of the upper parts is finer than in S. nivicola, and the present species may be immediately distinguished by having the middle tail-feathers and the outer webs of the next pair mottled throughout and almost or entirely destitute of cross-bands.
Bill green, yellow at tip ; cere olive; iris dark brown; toe-scales pale green; claws black, slaty at base (Scully).
Length about 18.5; tail 8.5; wing 13.5; tarsus 2.5; bill from gape 1.45.
Distribution. Two specimens were obtained by Scully at Gilgit in forest. I find two more in the Hume collection—one from Peshawar, the other from Murdan, close to Peshawar. It was probably this bird that was seen in Afghanistan by Wardlaw Ramsay (Ibis, 1880, p. 48) and taken for S. nivicola. Nothing is known of the habits.