345. Certhia manipurensis.
Certhia manipurensis, Hume, S. F. x, p. 151 (1881), xi, p. 86.
Coloration. Resembles C. discolor. Differs in having the chin, throat, and upper part of breast pure buff, and the lower abdomen buffy grey. The bill is also slightly longer.
Legs and feet pale fleshy brown; upper mandible blackish; lower mandible very pale fleshy pink; iris hazel (Hume).
Length about 6; tail 2.7; wing 2.7; tarsus .65; bill from gape .8.
The coloration of the lower plumage of the Creepers is an excellent differential character, being in most, if not all cases correlated with a distinct geographical distribution, so that C. manipurensis may be accepted in my opinion as a valid species.
Distribution. The Eastern hills of Manipur, where this species was obtained by Hume at elevations of from 5000 to 6000 feet. He states that it was not very uncommon, though by no means abundant.