83. Aegithaliscus leucogenys

(83) Agithaliscus leucogenys (Moore).
AEgithaliscus leucogenys, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 97.
Within the North-West Himalayas this Tit is found from Afghanistan through Kashmir and Kuman to the Simla Hills and Garhwal.
Capt. C. H. T. Whitehead shot specimens of this little bird at Safed Koh on the 20th July at 8,100 feet and at Samana, 5,000 feet, in November. He says (Ibis, 1909, p. 107) : “A resident in the Upper Kurram Valley and on the Samana, being largely reinforced in Winter”; to this he adds in his own copy of ‘The Ibis,’ “and at that season some descend to the lower scrub-covered hills, occurring as far South as the Mianwali district and as low as 2,500 feet.
“Breeds freely in the Ilex scrub near Peiwar from 6,000 to 8,000 ft. Nesting operations must commence towards the end of March, as a nest found on the first of May contained fully fledged young. The nest is usually placed near the top of an Ilex bush from, three to seven feet from the ground. It is egg-shaped and rather like that of the British Long-tailed Tit, but a good deal smaller and not quite so neat. It is made of moss and cobwebs outside, lined with a little grass, with a thick inner lining of feathers. The opening is usually near the top but is sometimes nearer the centre. We came across seven nests altogether, the first six containing young and the seventh a nearly fresh clutch of five eggs. These are pure white, three having a very faint zone of spots round the large end, the remainder being unmarked and averaging .58 x .39" ” (=14.7 x 9.9 mm.).
Fulton had previously recorded this Tit as resident and very common in Chitral between 6,000 and 12,000 feet, whilst Ward says it is resident in Kashmir and is found in Gilgit and Baltistan.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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83. Aegithaliscus leucogenys
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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White Cheeked Tit
White-cheeked Bushtit
Aegithalos leucogenys
Vol. 1

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