216. Staphidia castaneiceps.
The Chestnut-headed Staphidia.
Ixulus castaniceps, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 141; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 411. Ixulus striatus (Blyth), Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109; xlv, pt. ii, p. 202. Staphidea castaneiceps (Moore), Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 20; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 403 ; id. Cat. no. 624 bis ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 616 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 251.
Coloration. Forehead chestnut-brown, with the feathers margined with grey; crown and crest chestnut; upper plumage and visible portions of wings and tail greenish brown, the back and scapulars with white shafts; tail blackish brown, the outermost feathers broadly tipped with white, the next less so, and the middle pair entirely blackish ; lores grey ; a very short supercilium, originating just over the eye, white ; ear-coverts chestnut with whitish shafts ; lower plumage very pale fulvous white ; under tail-coverts brown tipped with white; under wing-coverts pale fulvous white.
Legs and feet orange-brown ; bill brown ; iris brown (Hume).
Length nearly 5.5; tail 2.2; wing 2.4; tarsus .65; bill from gape .5.
Distribution. The Garo, Khasi, and Naga hills ; Manipur. I gather from Godwin-Austen's remarks (I. c.) that he procured this species in the Daphla hills also. Hume observed it in Manipur at elevations above 5000 feet.