32. Parus minor

32. Parus minor.

The Japanese Grey Tit.

Parus minor, Temm. & Schley. Faun. Jap., Aves, p. 70, pl. 33 (1842) ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 15. Parus commixtus, Swinh. Ibis, 1868, p. 63; Wald. in Bl. Birds Burm. p. 111; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 376 ; Hume, Cat. no. 645 bis.

Coloration. Resembles P. atriceps. Differs in having the back and scapulars yellowish green instead of ashy grey and in having the fifth pair of tail-feathers black with a small white tip.

Iris hair-brown ; bill black; legs plumbeous ( Wardlaw Ramsay).

Of the same size as P. atriceps.

The amount of black in the fifth pair of tail-feathers is reduced towards the extreme south-western limit of the range, as on the Burmese frontier. No other variation occurs, the back being as green in Karennee examples as in typical Japanese ones.

The specimen procured by Davison in the Salween district has the fifth pair of rectrices white, with a broad black band on the inner webs reaching nearly to the tip. In two Karennee examples one has these feathers black with a white tip about half an inch long, and the other resembles the Salween specimen. All three can be nearly matched by Japanese birds.

The tail of P. minor varies a good deal in Length, but the average Length of the tail of ten Japanese birds is exactly the same as that of ten Indian specimens of P. atriceps selected at random.

Distribution. Karennee and the Salween district of Tenasserim, extending through China to Japan.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
32. Parus minor
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
32
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
49
Common name: 
Japanese Grey Tit
M_ID: 
21262
M_CN: 
Japanese Tit
M_SN: 
Parus minor
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
50

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