257. Mesia argentauris

257. Mesia argentauris.

The Silver-eared Mesia.

Mesia argentauris, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. 1838, p. 88; Hume, N. & E. p. 392; id. Cat. no. 615; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 318; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 642 ; Oates, B. B. i,p. 143; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 247 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 160. Leiothrix argentauris (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 99 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 365; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 251; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109 ; xlv, pt. ii, p. 81 ; Bl. Birds Burm. p. 109; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 464; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 630; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 370.
The Silver-eared Hill-Tit, Jerd.; Dang-rapchil-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Male. Forehead golden yellow ; crown, nape, lores, cheeks, produced as a stripe under the ear-coverts, black; ear-coverts silvery white ; upper back and sides of the neck fulvous yellow; lower back, scapulars, tertiaries, and wing-coverts slaty, some of the outermost of the latter edged with green; rump slaty green; upper tail-coverts crimson ; tail blackish brown, the three outer pairs of feathers edged with yellowish ; wings brown, the first two primaries edged with yellow, the other quills with crimson at the base and yellow elsewhere ; chin and throat deep orange-yellow ; lower plumage olive-yellow, brighter on the breast and abdomen, the former of which is obsoletely streaked darker ; under tail-coverts crimson.

Female. Differs in having both the upper and the lower tail-coverts orange-buff.

The young have the crown yellowish at first.

Bill ochre-yellow, slightly greenish at the base; iris dark or reddish brown; feet yellow-fleshy ; claws buff-horny (Scully).

Length about 7 ; tail 2.8 ; wing 3 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .75.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Garhwal to the Daphla hills in Assam ; the Khasi and Naga hills ; Manipur ; the Kakhyen hills east of Bhamo ; the Karen hills east of Toungngoo; Karennee; the slopes of Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim. The range of this bird extends to the mountains of Perak.

Habits, &c. This species is found from 3000 to about 7000 feet of elevation. It breeds from March to June, constructing a cup-shaped nest of moss or of grass, with creeper-stems intermingled, in shrubs and small trees. The eggs resemble those of Liothrix lutea very closely, and measure .86 by .62.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
257. Mesia argentauris
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Silver Eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia
Leiothrix argentauris
Vol. 1

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