268. Lophophanes melanolophalus

268. Black-crested Titmouse.
LOPHOPHANES MELANOLOPHALUS.
Lophophanes melanolophalus, (Vigors) P Z.S. 1831, p. 23 ; (Gould), Cent. Himal. B. pl. 30 ; (id.) B. of Asia, ii. pl. 61 ; (Gadow), Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii p. 28 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 57.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Resembles L. urfinuchalis but has the upper parts clearer darker bluish, and more rufous on the sides of the breast ; secondaries and wing-coverts with conspicuous white terminal spots. Culmen 0.12, wing 2.5, tail 1.8, tarsus 0.67 inch. Sexes alike. The young resembles those of L. beavani bat have conspicuous buff terminal spots on the wing-coverts and secondaries.
Hab. Eastern Afghanistan and N. W, Himalayas from Kumaun to Murree.
Frequents conifer woods in the mountains at elevations of from 6,000 to 12,000 feet, and breeds from March to June, placing its nest, which is constructed of moss, fur, and wool, in a hole in a tree, rock, or wall, the latter in preference. The eggs, from 6 to 8 in number, are pinkish-white spotted and blotched with bright brownish-red, and measure about 0.61 by 0.47.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
268. Lophophanes melanolophalus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
268
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
182
Common name: 
Black Crested Titmouse
M_ID: 
21071
M_SN: 
Periparus ater melanolophus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10038

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