(57) Parus major commixtus.
THE BURMESE GREAT-TIT.
Parus commixtus Swinhoe, Ibis, p. 63 (1868) (S. China). Parus minor. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 48.
Vernacular names. Buinum memka (Burmese).
Description. Differs from tibetanus in having the green confined to the upper back and scapulars, the yellow below is obsolete or very slight, and the white on the outer tail-feathers is less extensive. From the true minor of Japan and N". China it differs in being much less green above, and more buff or vinaceous rather than yellow below.
Colours of soft parts as in cinereus.
Measurements. Wing 61 to 68 mm., generally under 66 ; tail 53 to 61 mm.
Distribution. Tenasserim, Eastern Burma, Siam, Shan States and S. China.
Nidification. Breeds in April and May and possibly sometimes earlier, as a clutch in the Waterstradt collection was taken on the 20th February. The nest is made of fur, wool, or hair, sometimes with a base of soft moss and sometimes mixed moss and other materials, but nearly always lined with wool, hair, or fur. It is generally placed in some hole in a tree or dead stump but Harington took it from a hole in a bank. The eggs, four to six in number, are like those of cinereus and measure about 16.2 x 12.8 (16.80 x 13.05 mm. Mackenzie).
Habits. Much the same as those of cinereus in India. A sociable, lively little bird frequenting, preferably, broken hilly country and ascending the hills to at least 6,000 feet but also being found in the low country, perhaps, however, more frequently in the winter than in the summer.