(1109) Petronia petronia intermedia.
The Eastern rock-Sparrow.
Petronia petronia intermedia Hartert, Nov. Zool., 1901, p. 324 (Gilgit). Petronia stulta. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 243.
Vernacular names. Dnok-chi (Tibet).
Description. Forehead and sides of the crown dark brown; supercilium, centre of crown and nape paler buffy-brown; hind neck dull pale brown, grading into the surrounding parts; back and scapulars pale brown, edged buff and broadly black on the inner webs; rump and upper tail-coverts pale brown, with faintly paler edges; central tail-feathers brown, deepening to blackish near the tip, edged ashy and with small white tips on either side; outer feathers with a large patch of white at the tips of the inner webs ; wing-coverts and quills dark brown, edged with pale ashy-buff and with the usual primary patch ; a yellow patch on the throat; remainder of lower plumage whity-brown, boldly streaked with darker brown on the flanks and obsoletely elsewhere.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown: bill black in the male in the breeding-season, dark horny-brown above, pale yellowish-brown below in Winter; legs and feet yellowish-brown to brown.
Measurements. Total length about 165 mm.; wing 99 to 104 mm,; tail 57 to 60 mm.; tarsus 18 to 19 mm.; culmen about 13 to 15 mm.
Distribution. Southern Transcaspia and Turkestan to Persia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Gilgit, Kashmir and North-West Provinces of India. The few ragged skins with wings of over 100 mm. I have obtained from West and Sout-h-West Tibet seem also referable to this race but birds from North-East Tibet have been separated as Petronia