37. Aegithaliscus leucogenys

37. Aegithaliscus leucogenys.

The White-cheeked Tit.

Orites leucogenys, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 139; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 374. AEgithaliscus leucogenys (Moore), Hume, Cat. no. 634 bis; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 71, 1882, p. 281; Sadly, Ibis, 1881, p. 567. Acredula leucogenys (Moore), Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 59.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape pale reddish brown; lores, a very broad band through the eye to the nape, chin and throat black ; cheeks and ear-coverts white; upper plumage, a band over the ear-coverts, wing-coverts, and the edges of the wing-feathers olive-grey; winglet and primary-coverts dark brown ; tail brown, the outermost feather with the outer web white and the inner tipped white, the next feather obliquely, and the next very narrowly tipped white ; lower plumage reddish fawn, the portion immediately next the black throat deep rusty red.

Bill black ; iris pale creamy or white; feet pale orange; claws dusky or brown (Scully).

Length about 5; tail 2.2; wing 2.2; tarsus .65; bill from gape .35.

The young have the black chin and throat of the adult faintly indicated and the colours duller.

Distribution. Confined apparently to the north-west portion of Kashmir. Biddulph obtained this bird about fifteen miles above Gilgit, and Scully states that it is a permanent resident along the course of the main valley above Gilgit from Bargo to Singal at elevations from 5500 to 7000 feet. It extends into the adjoining parts of Afghanistan.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
37. Aegithaliscus leucogenys
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
White Cheeked Tit
White-cheeked Bushtit
Aegithalos leucogenys
Vol. 1

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