344. Certhia discolor.
The Sikhim Tree-Creeper.
Certhia discolor, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 580 (1845); id. Cat p. 188 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 718 ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 381; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, pp. 70,194; Hume, S. F. v, pp. 75, 78 ; id. Cat. no. 245; Oates, B. B. i, p. 135; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 85. Certhia nipalensis, Hodgs. apud Brooks, J. A. S. B. xiii, pt. ii, p. 255.
Coloration. Upper plumage blackish brown, streaked with fulvous ; rump and upper tail-coverts bright ferruginous; tail reddish brown with red shafts; wings dark brown with a pale fulvous band across all the quills except the first four, and another blackish band above and below it; most of the quills tipped white, and the later ones with a fulvous streak near the end of the outer web; lower plumage entirely earthy brown ; under tail-coverts ferruginous ; a cheek-stripe rufous, varying in tint; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.
Iris dark brown; bill dark horn, pale below; legs pale brown ( Wardlaw Ramsay).
Length 6; tail 3; wing 2.7; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape .75.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan as far at least as the Daphla Hills ; also across the Brahmaputra valley in the Naga and East Naga hills. Wardlaw Ramsay procured this species in Karennee, and his specimens are inseparable from Sikhim birds. It is noteworthy that Hume obtained the distinct C. manipurensis in Manipur.