343. Certhia nepalensis.
The Nepal Tree-Creeper.
Certhia nipalensis, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 581 (1845); Blyth, Cat. p. 188; Horsf. M. Cat. ii, p. 718; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 381; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 50 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 157; Hume, S. F. v, pp. 76, 78; id. Cat. no. 244 ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 320. Certhia mandellii, Brooks, J. A. S. B. xiii, pt. ii, p. 256 (1873).
Coloration. Resembles C. hodgsoni in general coloration, but is blacker above ; the tail is plain brown; cheeks, chin, throat, breast, and upper abdomen white, the remaining lower plumage fulvous-brown.
Iris brown ; legs horny; bill blackish above, white below (Blanford).
Length about 5.5; tail 2.7; wing 2.8; tarsus .65; bill from gape .75.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan, extending into the Naga Hills. Blanford found this species from 8000 to 13,000 feet in the pine-woods of Northern Sikhim, associating with flocks of Lophophanes and Phylloscopi.
Hodgson figures only C. discolor, but in his collection are specimens also of C. nepalensis, and both species bear the same number.