259. Parus pleskii

259. Subsp. Parus pleskii.
Parus pleskii, (Cabanis), J. f. B. 1877, p. 213, Taf. 3, fig. 1 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 12 ; Dresser, ix. p. 125, pl. 659.
Male ad. (St. Petersburg). Crown azure-blue surrounded, by a white stripe ; back and rump greyish blue ; rest of the head, neck, and the upper parts, otherwise as in P. coeruleus except that the secondaries and wing-coverts are more broadly tipped with white, and the outer web of the outer tail-feather is white ; under parts white ; the breast and flanks faintly tinged with primrose ; on the middle of the breast a dark blue line ; beak horn-blue paler at the base ; legs plumbeous ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.4, wing 2.6, tail 2.4, tarsus 0.68 inch.
Hab. North Russia west of the Ural, and has occurred once in Belgium.
This species is intermediate between. P. cyanus and P. coeruleus, and is said to interbreed with both species. In its habits it does not differ from them, and though its nest and eggs are unknown they will probably be found to resemble those of P. coeruleus.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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259. Parus pleskii
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Vol. 1

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