711. Cinclus sordidus.
The Sombre Dipper.
Cinclus sordidus, Gould, P. Z. S. 1859, p. 494; Salvin, Ibis, 1867, p. 118; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 48; Hume, Cat. no. 349 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 317. Hydrobata sordida (Gould), Jerd. B. I. i, p. 507.
The Black-bellied Cashmere Dipper, Jerd.
Coloration., Forehead, crown, nape, mantle, sides of the head and neck chocolate-brown ; chin, throat, and upper part of breast. the same but strikingly paler; upper plumage and wing-coverts blackish brown; wings and tail blackish, the outer webs somewhat paler; lower plumage very dark chocolate-brown ; the eyelids are probably clothed with white feathers as in the other members of the genus, but the type specimen, the only one I have been able to examine, exhibits no trace of them.
Length about 7; tail 2 ; wing 3.5; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. This species was founded on a specimen procured in Kashmir. Blanford appears to have met with this Dipper in Sikhim at 15,000 feet, and Hume records its occurrence in the tract of country traversed by Dr. Henderson (Lah. to Yark. p. 189). I can find no other notice of it, and this species appears to be very rare. It has been met with in Kansu and Northern Tibet.