(53) Parus major kaschmiriensis.
THE KASHMIR GREY-TIT.
Parus major kaschmiriensis Hartert, Vog. Pal., i, p. 345 (1905) (Gilgit).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A dark bird distinguishable from all others of the dark forms by its greater size; both upper and lower parts are not as dark, however, as in cinereus, but the nuchal patch is grey and very inconspicuous.
Colours of soft parts as in cinereus.
Measurements. Wing 70 to 79 mm.; tail 60 to 70mm.
Distribution. Kashmir, Garhwal, Simla, and Hills of the North-West.
Nidification. Breeds freely in Kashmir and elsewhere, from 3,500 feet up to 9,000 feet or higher. The eggs four to six, or even seven, are more richly coloured than are those of the Indian Grey-Tit and measure about 18.5 x 13.5 mm. The breeding season is from the end of April to early June.
Habits as in the other Grey-Tits.