60. Parus cyanus

(60) Parus cyanus tianschanicus Menz.
THE TIANSCHAN BLUE TIT.
Parus cyanus tianschanicus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 81.
This little Tit is said to breed in Tianschan, Turkestan, Afghanistan and Chitral to Baltistan.
The only record of this bird breeding is a nest with five eggs taken by Mr. F. Ludlow at Kok-Terek, Tekkes Valley, Turkestan, at an elevation of 4,500 feet, on the 30th May, 1930. They were taken from a hole in a Terek-tree.
Fulton records it as very common in certain localities in Chitral, haunting Willow-trees near streams.
I have another clutch of four eggs in my collection taken by Mr. D. Macdonald, an Ordnance Clerk in Chitral, on 7.5.86. The data-ticket on the skin, written in pencil and almost illegible, reads “7. 5. 86, Polotz, Mandal-Chitral Pass, N.W. Frontier ; camp about 8,000-10,000 feet but eggs and skin collected much higher.” The collection containing these only passed into my hands long after the collector’s death and it was not possible to obtain further data.
The nine eggs are all white, lightly marked with pinky-red spots, sparse everywhere, but less so at the larger end.
They average 17.3 x 12.8 mm : maxima 17.9 x 13.0 and 17.4 x 13.1 mm. ; minima 17.0 x 12.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
60. Parus cyanus
Spp Author: 
Menz.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
60
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
64
Common name: 
Tianschan Blue Tit
M_ID: 
21234
M_CN: 
Azure Tit
M_SN: 
Cyanistes cyanus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13287

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