235. Parus cinereus

235. INDIAN GREY TITMOUSE.
PARUS CINEREUS.
Parus cinereus, Vieill. Tabl. Encycl, and Method, ii. p. 506 (1820) ; Gould, B. of Asia, ii. p. 55 ; Dresser, ix. p. 115, pl. 656, fig. 1 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 16 ; P. atriceps. Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii. p. 160 (1822) ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 46.
Ram-gangra, Beng.
Male ad. (Germab.). Differs from P. minor in having the back and rump slaty blue grey, the upper back very faintly tinged with apple-green ; under parts excepting the black central stripe white. Culmen 0.5, wing 2.9, tail 2.5, tarsus 0.8 inch. Sexes alike. The young have the upper parts tinged with yellow and the under parts with buff.
Hab. Transcaspia to China, and from the Himalayas down through the Malay peninsula to the islands of the Malay Archi¬pelago. In China it nests, and is said to interbreed with P. minor.
In habits it resembles P. major, and like that species feeds chiefly on insects. Its call is a sharp two-note whistle fre¬quently repeated. It breeds from March to June, placing its nest in the hole of a tree, bank or wall, and occasionally on the branch of a tree. The nest is constructed of moss, grass, hair, and feathers, and the eggs 5 to 6 in number, are white, blotched chiefly at the larger end with light red.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
235. Parus cinereus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
235
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
163
Common name: 
Indian Grey Titmouse
M_ID: 
21272
M_CN: 
Cinereous Tit
M_SN: 
Parus cinereus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10396

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