Machlolophus xanthogenys, Vigors,
647. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 279; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 125, p. 127.
THE YELLOW-CHEEKED TIT.
Length, 5.25; wing, 2.75 ; tail, 2.12; tarsus, 0.6; bill at front, 0.33.
Bill black; irides light-brown ; legs plumbeous.
Head (fully crested), wings and tail black, the latter tipped white, and the tertiaries laterally edged throughout with white; nape, posterior part of crest, and a small superciliary stripe, bright yellow; back, scapulars, and rump, light olive-green, the scapulars with a few black marks; wing-coverts tipped with pale-yellow ; the outer primaries white-edged, and with a white bar near their base, the others bluish externally; tail dusky-grey, white tipped; cheeks, sides of neck, sides of breast and abdomen, and under tail-coverts yellow, passing to greenish on the flanks and under tail-coverts; lores, a stripe on each side of the neck from the eye, chin, throat, and middle of breast, black.
The Yellow-cheeked Tit occurs on the slopes of the Vindhian hills, near Mhow, and in the woods at their base. It has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.