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STACHTEIDOPSIS. 267

(27o) Stachyris chrysaea assimilis.

The Burmese Golden-Headed Babbler.

Stachyris assiiuilh Walden, P,lyth"s B. of B., p. 116 (1890) (Karennee); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 163.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Similar to the last bird but witliout any black eye-streak; botli upper and lower plumage rather duller, below more yellow, less orange.

Colours of soft parts. Iris deep red-brown or lake; bill lavender-grev, pinker at the base and on lower mandible; in some specimens dark horny-brown, probably in breeding season; legs yellowish brown to greenish brown. Wardlaw-Eamsay records one male as having black irides.

Measurements as in the others.

Distribution. S. Shan States and Karenni and probably all the hill-ranges of East Central Burma.

Nidification and Habits similar to those of the Assam bird. Three eggs sent me from the South Shan States measure about 15-3 X 12-0 nim.

(276) Stachyris chrysaea chrysops.

The Malayan Golden-headed Babbler.

Stachyris chryscea chrysops Richmond, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., xv^ p 157 (1902) (Trang, Lower Siam).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. This race has a black eye-streak like the Northern Indian form and has the under parts fairly bright yellow but rather less so than in the typical bird; the upper parts are the same as in assimilis.

Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in assimilis.

Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Assam and Malay Penin- sula. The specimens in the British Museum collection from Tenasserim seem referable to this race.

Nidification and Habits not recorded. Genus STACHYRIDOPSIS Sharpe, 1883. This genus differs from the last in having the culmen perfectly straight. It seems to be a form intermediate between Stachyris- and Mix'ornis and then leading into Alcippe. In the genus Mix- ornis, however, the nostrils are oval and exposed wiiereas in Stachyridojjsis they are covered with a membrane somewhat as in the two preceding genera.