(65) Lophophanes rubidiventris.
THE RUFOUS-BELLIED CRESTED TIT.
Parus rubidiventris Blyth, J. A. S. B., xvi, p. 445 (1847) (Nepal). Lophophanes rubidiventris. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 58.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Cheeks, ear-covers, sides of the neck and a large nuchal spot white, remainder of head and neck dark brown or blackish, but more the deep black of melanolophus ; upper plumage olive-brown; the wings and tail brown, with bluish-ashy edges and the upper tail-coverts tipped with fulvous; lower plumage and under wing-coverts ferruginous.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; bill black ; legs and feet plumbeous-brown.
Measurements. Total length about 115 mm.; wing 60 to 63 mm.; tail about 42 to 43 mm.; tarsus about 18 mm.; culmen about 8 mm.
Distribution. Nepal and "N.W. Himalayas." The latter locality is given for some specimens in the Pinwill Collection, and may refer to Kumaon.
Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Upper and lower breast black and abdomen (nuchalis, p. 85.
ashy olive L. rufonuchalis rufo-
B. Upper breast black ; lower breast and abdomen ashy olive…………....L. beavani, p. 86.