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.