130. Leptopoecile sophiAe

130. Severtzoff’s Warbler.
LEPTOPOECILE SOPHIAE.
Leptopoecile sophioe, Severtz. Tur. Jevot. pp. 60, 135, pl. viii. figs. 8, 9, (1873) ; Gould, B. of Asia, pl. xxviii. ; Gadow, Cat. B. Brit. Mus. viii. p. 86 ; Pleske, Prjevalsky’s Reisen. Vogel, ii. p. 85, Taf. vi. fig. 3, 4 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds i. p. 246.
Male ad. (Turkestan). Forehead and a broad supercilium buffy white ; crown chestnut, slightly tinged with cobalt ; back and wing-coverts bluish grey ; rump rich cobalt-blue ; upper tail-coverts duller ; wings and tail brown externally washed with cobalt, external primary with the outer web white ; sides of head and under parts vinaceous chestnut richly washed with bright cobalt ; centre of abdomen buffy white ; bill black ; legs blackish brown ; iris red. Culmen 0.4, wing 1.95, tail 2.1, tarsus 0.7 inch ; first quill large, 0.54 shorter than the second which is a little shorter than the tenth, fourth and fifth equal and longest. The female has the crown brown, the blue confined to the rump except that the back is a little tinged with blue, and the under parts are buffy grey. The young bird resembles the female but has the crown chestnut-brown ; the under parts are warmer in tinge, and the throat and flanks are slightly marked with blue.
Hab. Turkestan east to the mountains of Tibet and the province of Kansu. Examples from Tibet are as a rule richer and deeper coloured than from Turkestan, and again those from the bare desert localities are paler.
Is a resident throughout its range inhabiting the mountains to an altitude of 13,000 feet where it frequents dense bush- covered localities, being less seldom found amongst trees. Its call-note is a low chirp, but I do not find any record of its possessing any song worthy of the name. Prjevalsky found an empty nest placed at an altitude of about seven feet in a juniper, which was round, with the entrance hole at the side near the top, and constructed of moss, sheep's wool and plant cotton, and lined with the soft feathers of Crossoptilon auritum. Its eggs are as yet unknown. Mr. Pleske (op. cit. p. 93 taf. vi. fig. 5) separates a form which has the under parts uniform in colour, under the name of Leptopoecile obscura, Prjev., but I have not had an opportunity of examining a specimen and doubt its specific rank.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
130. Leptopoecile sophiAe
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
130
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
90
Common name: 
Severtzoff’s Warbler
M_ID: 
22915
M_CN: 
White-browed Tit-warbler
M_SN: 
Leptopoecile sophiae
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10778

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