(52)Parus major intermedium
THE AFGHAN GREY-TIT.
Parus bocharensis var. intermedius Sarudny, Bull. Soc. Imp. Nat. Moscow, (No. 3), vol. iii, p. 789 (1890) (S.W. Transcaspia).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A very pale race, the upper parts a clear blue-grey, the under parts almost pure white with" very little tinge of vinaceous; the nuchal patch is white and conspicuous and the grey of the tail pale and extensive.
Colours of soft parts as in cinereus, but the legs are pale slaty grey.
Measurements. A rather large bird with a comparatively short tail. Wing 68 to 75 mm.; tail 52 to 63 mm.
Distribution. Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Chitral, East Persia and S.W. Transcaspia.
Nidification and Habits as in cinereus; the eggs average about 17.5 x 13.6 mm. Its nest and eggs were taken by Whitehead at Kalhutty, Baluchistan, and by Harington in the Khagan Valley. Fulton found it up to 12,000 feet in Chitral, where it was very common, and took two nests from holes in Walnut-trees.