49. Lophophanes dichrous.
The Brown Crested Tit.
Parus dichrous, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 943 (1844) ; Blyth, Cat. p. 104; Horsf. & M. Cut. i, p. 372 ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 33. Lophophanes dichrous (Hodgs.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 273 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 56; Hume, Cat. no. 637.
Coloration. Upper plumage brownish grey; the wings very narrowly margined with hoary grey; forehead and sides of the head pale fulvous mottled with brown; a half-collar round the hind neck, interrupted at the nape, cream-colour; chin and throat fulvous grey ; lower plumage ochraceous.
Bill dusky bluish ; feet plumbeous ; iris brick-red (Jerdon). Length about 4.5; tail 1.9; wing 2.7; tarsus .75; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Sikhim to Dharmsala. I have seen no specimen from any place north of this latter and can find no grounds for believing that the species occurs in Kashmir as suggested by Jerdon on the evidence afforded by Adams. Blanford found it in Sikhim at elevations of from 8000 to 13,000 feet. It extends into the mountainous parts of China.