48. Lophophanes beavani.
The Sikhim Cole-Tit.
Lophophanes beavani, Blyth, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 275 (1863) : Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii. p. 57 ; id. S. F. viii, p. 183; Hume, Cat. no. 641; id. S. F. viii, p. 189. Parus atkinsoni, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 276 (1863); Hume, Cat. no. 643. Parus beavani (Bl), Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 29.
The Sikhim Cole-Tit; The Sikhim Black Tit, Jerd.; Lho Tasso, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, crest, hind neck, lores, chin, throat, and upper breast deep black ; ear-coverts, the sides of the neck, and under the eye white tinged with fulvous ; a large nape-spot white ; upper plumage and wing-coverts iron-grey ; the wings and tail narrowly edged with paler grey ; lower plumage ashy olive, tinged more strongly with ashy near the margin of the breast; axillaries, under wing- and tail-coverts chestnut.
The young have the black of the adult replaced by dark brown; the upper plumage is brown and the lower tinged with fulvous.
Iris brown; legs leaden grey ; bill black (Blanford).
Length nearly 5; tail 1.9; wing 2.4 to 2.8; tarsus .75; bill from gape .5.
Distribution. Sikhim at considerable elevations. Also Nepal, where both Hodgson and Mandelli procured this species.