(904) Tickellia hodgsoni
The Broad-billed Flycatcher-Warbler.
Abrornis hodgsoni Moore, in Horsf. & M., Cat., i. p. 412 (1854) (Sikkim). Tickellia hodgsoni. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 432.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Lores and sides of the head dark ashy-grey; a faint short supercilium pale grey ; forehead and crown chestnut; upper plumage and visible portions of wings olive-green, tinged with yellow on the rump; tail dark brown edged with olive-green, the two outermost tail-feathers white on the inner webs; chin, throat and upper breast grey; remainder of lower plumage bright yellow.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill horny-brown, paler and more yellow at the base; legs pale yellow or fleshy-horny.
Measurements. Total length about 100 mm.; wing 45 to 50 mm.; tail 39 to 44mm.; tarsus about 19 mm.; culmen 11 to 12 mm.
Nidification. A nest taken by Mr. B. B. Osmaston on the* 6th June at an elevation of 6,800 feet in Sikkim is said to have been " roughly egg-shaped with a hole 1 1/2" in diameter near the top, and measures 6" in height by 8 ' in width. It is composed entirely of dry leaves, chiefly bamboo, with a lining of black rhizomorph and, lastly, inside the latter, a second lining of soft dry bamboo-leaf." The eggs, three in number, were " pale claret,, spotted, speckled and streaked, chiefly at the larger end, with darker claret markings." They measured .63" x .47" (= 16.0 x 11.9 mm.). The nest was placed in a sapling, about 7 feet from the ground, in lofty forest.
Habits, This little Warbler is not migratory, being found throughout the year between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. Its note is a " single long-drawn, very shrill whistle, followed, after an interval of ten seconds or so, by two notes, the second of which is the lower of the two." It is a frequenter of deep evergreen forest and very little is known of its Habits.