(80) AEgithaliscus concinnus talifuensis.*
RIPPON'S RED-HEADED TIT.
AEgithaliscus talifuensis Rippon, Bull. B. O. C, xiv, p. 18 (1903) (Gvi-dzin, N. Shan States).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to Hume's Red-headed Tit but has the crown ochraceous rather than chestnut; the supercilium is black, the plumage below is whiter, and the pectoral band darker, though not so dark as in the Shan bird.
The race is nearest to true AE. c. concinnus of China but is distinguished from that bird by the more chestnut flanks and sides. Colour of soft parts as in iredalei.
Measurements. A rather bigger bird than the Common Redheaded Tit. Total length about 115 mm.; wing 53 mm.; tail 53 mm.; tarsus about 14 mm.
Distribution. Mt. Talifu, W. Yunnan, S.W. China and N. Shan States as far west as the Irrawaddy.
Nidification. Harington, who took this Tit's nest in the (Shan States, describes it as like that of the Long-tailed Tit—a ball of moss lined with feathers and with an inner lining of seed-down, placed in a raspberry bush within two feet of the ground. The full clutch of eggs seems to be three only and they measure about 13-5 x 10-9 mm.
Harington took the above nest in the end of April but Mr. F. Grant found it breeding in March and early April.
Habits. This Tit seems to be obtained principally between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. Little has been so far recorded of its habits, which doubtless do not differ from those of others of the genus.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Below white with ferruginous pectoral band.
Wing 56-61 mm AE. b. bonvaloti, p. 96.
B. Below rufescent with brownish band. Wing
50-55 mm AE. b. sharpei, p. 97.
* This form is very doubtfully distinct from AEgithaliscus concinnus concinnus, from China and Yunnan.