1040. Perissospiza icterioides affinis

(1040) Perissospiza icterioides affinis*..

The Allied Grosbeak.

Kespenphona affinis Blyth, J. A. S.B., xxiv, p. 179 (1855) (Alpine Punjab. Beyond Murree). Pycnorhamphus affinis. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 199.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. - Adult male. Differs from the preceding bird in having the yellow of the rump much deeper and that of the nape and hind neck deeper still, almost an orange-rutous. The black parts are more glossy.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill greenish blue; tarsus fleshy {Stevens).

Measurements as in P. i. icterioides.

Female. Whole head, chin and throat ashy-grey, the crown darkest; upper plumage, wing-coverts and exposed portions of secondaries olive-green, brighter and more yellow on the rump and behind the grey of the head; remainder of wings and tail black; lower plumage olive-yellow.

Distribution. Garhwal, Nepal and Sikkim through South Tibet into Western China. There is one specimen in the British Museum collected by Anderson in Nagtull, Kuman. Dr. Sushkin tells me that he has obtained this bird from Turkestan ; the form there one would have expected to be P. i. icterioides.

Nidification. Unknown.

Habits. Mr. A. E. Osmaston found this race common in Garhwal between 6,000 and 11,500 feet, frequenting forests, chiefly those composed partly of Conifer and partly of other trees, but also in Oak-forests. They feed on cone-seeds, berries and fruits but Mr. Osmaston also took two caterpillars from the stomach of one bird. He syllabifies their calls as follows: the alarm-note a sharp " kurr." like two stones struck together, and a musical call of seven notes, " te-de-le-li-di-li-um.' In Sikkim Stevens never observed this bird below 9,000 feet.

* Since tins was in print Whistler has recorded that he has again obtained this Pinch in Dharmsala and that both P. i. icterioides and P. i. affinis occupy, in part, the same breeding range. This would, of course, necessitate the latter being raised to the status of a full species.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1040. Perissospiza icterioides affinis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Allied Grosbeak
Collared Grosbeak
Mycerobas affinis
Vol. 3
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