64. Lophophanes ater aemodius

(64) Lophophanes ater aemodius.

THE HIMALAYAN COLE-TIT.
Parus aemodius Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiii, p. 943 (1844) (Nepal). Lophophanes aemodius. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 58.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. 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 inner and a few of the outer secondaries minutely tipped with white; lower plumage, axillaries and under wing-coverts ferruginous.

Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; legs leaden grey ; bill black (Blanford).

Measurements. Total length about 105 mm., wing 59 to 61 mm.; tail about 40 mm.; tarsus about 17 mm.; culmen about 6 mm.

Distribution. Nepal and Sikkim. It extends into the South of Tibet as I have had a skin sent me of a bird caught on the nest in the Chambi Valley.

Nidification. A bird sent me with "some eggs was caught on its nest in a hole of an oak-tree at between 10,000 and 11,000 feet elevation. The nest was all of rat fur, a well matted pad fitting into the bottom of the hollow. The eggs are indistinguishable from those of the European Cole-Tit and measure about 17.9 x 12.9 mm. The nest was taken on the 13th June.

Habits. This is a bird of high elevation from 6,000 feet upwards, ascending as high as 12,000 feet at least.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
64. Lophophanes ater aemodius
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
64
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
84
Common name: 
Himalayan Cole Tit
M_ID: 
21072
M_SN: 
Periparus ater aemodius
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2451

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