45. Lophophanes aemodius.
The Himalayan Cole-Tit
Parus aemodius, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 943 (1841) ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 270; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 41. Lophophanes aemodius (Hodgs.), Blanf. J, A. S. B. xli, pt. ii. p. 57 ; Hume, Cat. no. 042. Lophophanes humii, Brooks, J. A. S. B. xlii, p. 57 (1873).
Coloration. Forehead, crown, crest, lores, sides of the head and nape, chin, throat, and sides of the neck black; cheeks, ear-coverts, and a nape-patch white; upper plumage and exposed parts of wings and tail bluish ashy; the rump tinged with ferruginous, the median and greater coverts tipped With white, forming two wing-bars, The tertiaries and later secondaries minutely tipped with white ; lower plumage, axillaries, and under wing-coverts ferruginous.
Iris dark brown; legs leaden-grey ; bill black (Blanford).
Length about 4.2; tail 1.7; wing 2.4; tarsus .65; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. Sikhim and Nepal, from which latter State there are some of Hodgson's specimens in the British Museum. It is apparently found at high elevations only.