(339) Yuhina gularis gularis.
THE STRIPE-THROATED YUHINA.
Yuhina gularis Hodgs., As. Res., xix, p. 166 (1836) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 631.
Vernacular names. Fugi-pho (Lepcha).
Description. Forehead and crest rich hair-brown; upper plumage, wing-coverts, inner secondaries and tail fulvous brown, more fulvous on the rump ; lores, cheeks and ear-coverts grey; chin and throat pale rufescent steaked with black; breast plain rufescent; remainder of lower plumage dull orange-brown, duller on the sides ; primary-coverts and winglet black; wings blackish, the third to sixth primaries edged with pale grey on the terminal portion of the outer webs and all the secondaries except the first edged throughout their entire length with orange-brown.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark hazel-brown; bill black, the lower mandible horny-brown; legs and feet yellow-buff or orange-buff, claws dusky.
Measurements. Total length about 150 to 155 mm.; wing 68 to 72 mm.; tail about 60 mm.; tarsus 20 mm; culmen about 12 to 13 mm.
Distribution. Nepal to Eastern Assam North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Hodgson describes the nest as a massive globular affair of moss wedged into a fork of a tree or between rocks, and the eggs as buff or cafe-au-lait, thickly spotted with reddish brown. Nests taken for me by Messrs. W. P. Masson and sent with the birds are cradles of fern and moss roots, lined with finer moss roots and attached to the pendent roots under an overhanging bank. The eggs are pale sea-green, profusely but not boldly, speckled all over with light red. They measure 17.4 x 12.6 mm. All the nests were taken in May.
Habits. Very little on record but it is found from 3,000 feet upwards and principally between 4,000 and 7,000 feet. A gregarious bird and haunting trees in forest in preference to the lower bushes and smaller cover.