(78) AEgithaliscus concinnus manipurensis.
HUME'S RED-HEADED TIT.
AEgithaliscus manipurensis Hume, S. F., xi, p. 254 (1888) (Manipur); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 51.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from iredalei in having the eyebrow white and black, instead of pure white ; the pale pectoral band next the black throat very white and distinct and the lower plumage chestnut, the portion next the pectoral baud being brighter than elsewhere.
Colours of soft parts. Male.—Legs and feet warm reddish mahogany brown; claws darker ; bill black; irides bright yellowish white.
Female.— Legs and feet very pale orange-brown ; bill black; irides creamy white.
Measurements as in iredalei, perhaps averaging a trifle smaller; several birds have the wing under 48 mm.
Distribution. Hill ranges South of the Brahmaputra, Manipur, Looshai and the extreme northern ranges of the Chin Hills.
Nidification. Its eggs have been taken by myself in Shillong, and by Messrs. Hopwood, Mackenzie and others in the northern Chin Hills, and many by Col. Tytler in the Naga Hills where it is quite common.
Mr. Mackenzie describes the nest as like a small and beautiful specimen of the Long-tailed Tit's and remarks on its predilection for brilliant feathers for use as a lining. The eggs are like those of the Common Red-headed Tit and are nearly always three only in number. They measure about 13.0 x 10.3 mm.
The breeding season seems to be May.
Habits. Similar to those of others of the genus. In the Khasia Hills and Cachar it is found as low as 5,000 feet, but over most of its range it keeps above 6,000 feet and ascends at least as high as 9,000 feet.