231. Ixulus occipitalis.
The Chestnut-headed Ixulus.
Siva occipitalis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 937 (1844). Ixulus occipitalis (Bl.), Blyth, Cut. p. 100; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 411; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 259; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109 ; xlv, pt. ii, p. 82 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 396 ; id. Cat. no. 624; id. S. F. xi, p. 251; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 613; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 145.
The Chestnut-headed Flower-pecker, Jerd.; Temgyeng-pho or Turring-ng-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead and Lengthened feathers of crest ferruginous brown ; the tips of the occipital crest-feathers and a large nuchal spot white; lores and round the eye dusky; ear-coverts white streaked with rufous; with this exception the sides of the head and neck, the whole hind neck, and the cheeks ferruginous brown; back, rump, and visible portions of the wings dull olive-green, the shafts of the feathers of the back whitish, and the outer webs of the earlier primaries hoary grey ; upper tail-coverts and tail brown suffused with fulvous; chin and throat white; breast pinkish brown streaked with brown; abdomen and flanks olivaceous, the middle of the former part paler ; under tail-coverts ferruginous.
Bill black ; legs pale yellowish brown ; iris brown (Jerdon).
Length about 5; tail 2; wing 2.6; tarsus .8; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to the Daphla hills in Assam ; the Khasi hills.
Habits, &c. Gammie found the nest of this species in Sikhim on the 17th June, with three eggs. The nest was a shallow cup of fine moss-roots and moss, placed in a small tree.