261. Parus ultramarinus

261. Algerian Blue Titmouse.
PARUS ULTRAMARINUS.
Parus ultramarinus, Bp. Rev. et Mag. de Zool. 1841, p. 146 ; Dresser, ix, p. 128 ; P. teneriffoe, Dresser, iii. p. 139, pl. 113, fig. 3 (nec. Leas.) Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 14, (nec. Less.).
Bou-reziza, Arabic.
Male ad. (Algeria). Differs from P. coeruleus in having the upper parts clear slaty blue, the crown blue-black, and all the blue portions of the plumage very much darker in tone ; larger wing-coverts and secondaries- tipped with white. Culmen 0.4, wing 2.45, tail, 2.0, tarsus 0.65 inch. Sexes similar.
Hab. North-west Africa and the island of Fuerteventura.
In habits it resembles P. coeruleus, and affects woods, orchards, and gardens, feeding on insects and their larvae, small berries, and seeds. Its note is, however, said to differ from that of P. coeruleus. It nests in holes of trees, making a nest of any soft substances it can collect together, and deposits 6 to 8 eggs, which resemble those of P. coeruleus but are as a rule more strongly blotched with red.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
261. Parus ultramarinus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
261
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
178
Common name: 
Algerian Blue Titmouse
M_ID: 
21217
M_SN: 
Cyanistes teneriffae ultramarinus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9947

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