787. Fringillauda sordida.
Montifringilla nemoricola (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 121 (part.) Fringillauda nemoricola, Hodgs., Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 491 (part.) ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 414 (part.) ; Hume & Henders. Lah. to Yark. p. 264 ; Brooks, J. A. S. B. xii, pt. ii, p. 84. Fringillauda sordida, Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 63 (1868) ; Hume, S. F. i, p. 41; id. Cat. no. 753 his ; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 88; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 579. Montifringilla sordida (Stol.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 266.
The Himalayan Lark-Finch, Jerd. (part.)
Coloration. Resembles F. nemoricola, but has the axillaries pale ashy and the tips to the median and greater wing-coverts less distinct and tinged with rufous, not pure white.
Iris cinnabar-red; bill brown, a spot of brownish fleshy at base of forehead between nostrils, and base of lower mandible brownish fleshy; legs, feet, and claws blackish brown (Hume).
Of much the same size as F. nemoricola.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Afghanistan and Gilgit to Kumaun, extending to parts of Central Asia. Common at about 5000 feet in winter about Gilgit, and in summer at 9000 or 10,000 feet.