259. Leptopoecile sophiae.
Leptopoecile sophiae, Severtz. Turk. Jevotn. pp. 66,135, pl. viii, figs. 8, 9 (1873) ; Scully, S. F. iv, p. 153; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 37; 1882, p. 280; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 567; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 86. Stoliczkana stoliczkae, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 513 (1874).
Coloration. Male. Forehead and a broad supercilium dull yellowish white; lores dark brown; crown chestnut, the tips of the feathers more or less suffused with cobalt-blue; sides of the head and neck and the whole lower plumage rich lilac, overlaid with cobalt-blue; the centre of the abdomen light buff ; back and wing-coverts dull bluish grey; wings brown, the quills edged with the colour of the back; rump brilliant cobalt-blue; upper tail-coverts dull blue; tail dark brown suffused with bluish, and the three outer pairs of tail-feathers margined with white.
Female. The upper plumage, wings, and tail similar to the male, but the rump paler; lower plumage dull vinaceous, with the sides of the body washed with lilac and blue.
The young bird appears to be unknown, but it probably resembles the female.
Iris bright red; bill black ; legs and feet horny blackish-brown (Stoliczka).
Length 4.5 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 2 ; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .37.
Distribution. Gilgit; Leh ; Nobra valley, Ladak. This species is found throughout Turkestan. It appears to occur at elevations ranging from 5000 to 13,000 feet, according to season, and to be a permanent resident in Kashmir.
Habits, &c. This bird seems to have the ordinary Habits of the Tits.