38. Aegithaliscus niveigularis.
The White-throated Tit.
Orites niveogularis, Gould, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 140. Aegithaliscus niveogularis (Gould), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 272; Hume, Cat. no. 636. Acredula niveogularis (Gould), Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 58.
Coloration. Forehead and front of crown, cheeks, chin, throat, and sides of neck white ; lores and a very broad eye-band black, the two bands partially blending on the nape ; ear-coverts hair-brown slightly streaked with whitish ; hind crown and nape buffy brown; upper plumage, wing-coverts, and edges of the wing-feathers ashy grey, all but the latter tinged with isabelline; tail brown, the outermost feather with the outer web white, the next two white along the shaft and at the tip ; lower plumage pinkish buff, divided from the white of the throat by a broad brown band.
The young have the chin and throat pinkish ; otherwise they resemble the adult.
Bill in the dry state black ; legs reddish brown.
Length about 4.3; tail 2.2; wing 2.3; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. I have examined specimens obtained at Simla; at Gulmurg in Kashmir; and at another place in the same State at 10,000 feet of elevation, but with no precise locality. The species is also contained in the Pinwill Collection from the N.W. Himalayas. I can find no information about the distribution of this rare bird beyond what the above-noted specimens afford. Gould received it from N. India.