846. Anthus striolatus.
Cichlops thermophilus, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 83 (1844, desc. nulla). Anthus striolatus, Blyth; J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 435 (1847) ; id. Cat. p. 136; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xii, pt. ii, p. 61; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 568. Anthus thermophilus (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 356. Corydalla striolata (Blyth), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 233 ; Brooks, S. F. i, p. 359; Hume, Cat. no. 601; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 628; Oates, B. B. i, p. 167; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 245.
The Large Titlark, Jerd.
Coloration. Resembles A. richardi, but is considerably smaller, the tarsus and feet being conspicuously smaller, and the hind claw hardly longer than the hind toe ; the amount of white on the penultimate tail-feathers is much less, varying from half to a whole inch in length.
Length about 7; tail 3; wing 3.5; tarsus 1; bill from gape .75; hind claw .5.
Distribution. Occurs in every portion of the Empire from the Himalayas to Ceylon and the extreme south of Tenasserim, wintering in the plains and retiring to the higher parts of the Himalayas for the summer. This species is, however, met with in the plains up to a very late date (June), and a few pairs may breed in suitable localities. Blanford observed this Pipit as high as 15,000 feet in Sikhim in October. Its nest has not yet been discovered.