(1118) Fringillauda brandti haematopygia.
The Tibetan Mountain-Finch.
Montifringilla haematopygia Gould, P. Z. S., 1851, p. 115 (Tibet). Fringillauda brandti. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 248 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to Brandt's Mountain-Finch but decidedly darker, the upper parts browner, less grey and the lower parts also browner. The dark centres to the feathers of the upper plumage are better defined.
Colours of soft parts as in Brandt's Mountain-Finch.
Measurements. Wing 110 to 121 mm.
Distribution. Kashmir, Ladakh, Sikkim and Tibet.
Nidification. The only nest and eggs I have seen of this bird were taken near Gyantse at about 14,000 feet on the 14th July and contained three pure white eggs. The nest was a rough saucer of grass, lined with feathers and was placed deep in among a pile of stones from a fallen boundary wall. The eggs measure 22.2 x 16.2, 22.0 x 16.6 and 21.9 x 16.6 mm.
Habits. Similar to those of F. b. brandti This is a bird of very high elevations. During the Everest Expedition it was seen at 17,500 feet and even in Winter does not seem to be found constantly much, below 12.000 feet.