(56) Parus major tibetanus.
THE TIBETAN GREAT-TIT.
Parus major tibetanus Hartert, Vog. Pal., p. 346 (1905) (Chaksam).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Back decidedly green and the lower parts suffused with yellow. Its size done at once distinguishes it from commixtus and minor, and it has more white on the tail than either of these races.
Colours of soft parts as in cinereus, but tarsi apparently paler and brighter slate-blue.
Measurements. Wing 66 to 79 mm., generally over 70; tail 66 to 74 mm.
Distribution. S.E. Tibet, Yunnan and N.E. Kauri Kachin Hills. Chumba Valley, Sikkim.
Nidification. A common breeder in the Gyantse Plain, Tibet, breeding both in holes in trees and in walls and banks. Eggs of a clutch, taken from a small natural hole in a willow, measure about 18.8xl3.5 mm., and are richly marked for Great-Tit's eggs. The nest was of wool and Mouse-hare (Lagomys) fur. It was taken on 18.5.17.
Habits. Those of the species.