(1057) Propasser thura dubius.
The Kansu White-browed Rose-Finch.
Carpodacus dubius Przewalsky, Mon. Strang. Tangut., ii. p. 92 (1876) (Alaschan). Propasser thura. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 213 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. - Male. Above similar to the Nepal bird but a little paler; below a much duller pink with a purple tinge as in the Kashmir race.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 83 to 85 mm.
Female. Much paler than the Kashmir bird and with no rufous on the throat and breast, the underparts being white merely tinged with fulvous very broadly streaked with blackish.
Distribution. E. Tibet and N.W. China. A not uncommon Winter visitor to Eastern Assam.
Nidification. A number of nests and eggs of this bird were obtained for me by Mr. D. Macdonald and his son, some at Phari, 15,000 feet, some North-East of Gyantse between 14,000 and 16,000 feet. The birds sent with them appear all to be of this race. The nests were shallow, wide cups of coarse grass-stems, roots, and fibrous material, strips of, apparently, bark, lined with hair, fur or wool. They were placed low down in thorny bashes, Juniper or Rose bushes, in some instances actually on the ground. The eggs are not distinguishable from those of P. thura thura.
Habits. " We obtained these birds in Alan-shan and Kansu, in the wooded mountainous districts, usually on plains and in thickets on the shores of rivers, occasionally, also, in the juniper bushes, as high as the alpine regions. The song is very weak but the call-note, which it utters on the approach of danger or other¬wise, consists of an unpleasant note something like 6 brijj, brijj, brijj.'" (Rowley's Misc. p. 302.)