782. Petronia stulta.
Fringilla petronia, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 322 (1766). Fringilla stulta, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i, p. 919 (1788). Petronia stulta (Gm.) Blyth, Cat. p. 120; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 497; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 79; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 574; Hume, S. F. ix, p. 343 (note). Petronia petronia (Linn.), Sharpe. Cat. B. M. xii, p. 289.
Coloration. Male. The forehead and crown dark brown, with a broad mesial buff band from the bill to the nape ; a broad supercilium buff; back and scapulars with the inner webs of the feathers black, the outer buff; rump mingled brown and buff; upper tail-coverts brown edged with buff; middle tail-feathers ashy brown, becoming black towarks the tip and margined whitish; the other feathers the same but with a large terminal white patch on the inner web; quills and coverts brown edged with buff; a dark brown band from the eye under the supercilium and a spot near the gape; ear-coverts brown ; lower plumage whity brown more or less streaked with dark brown, and with a yellow patch on the lower throat.
Female. Resembles the male closely.
Bill horn-brown above, light brown below with a dark tip ; legs light brown ; iris brown.
Length about 6.5; tail 2.3; wing 3.8; tarsus .7; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. A winter visitor to Gilgit, occurring there from November to March. This species has a wide range, being found over a considerable portion of Europe, in North Africa, Asia Minor, Persia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Siberia, and Northern China.