(892) Seicercus xanthoschistus albosuperciliaris.
The Kashmir Gbey-heade:d Warbler.
Abrornis albosuperciliaris Jerdon (Adams, B. of Cashmere, P. Z. S., 1859, p. 182), B. of India, ii, p. 202 (1863) (Kashmir). Cryptolopha xanthoschista. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 425.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to the last bird but much paler, the sides of the head are grey-brown instead of blackish-brown, and the whole upper surface, wings and tail are paler both on the grey and on the green parts.
Colours of soft parts as in the last bird.
Measurements. Total length about 105 to 110 mm.; wing 53 to 59 mm.; tail 43 to 46 mm.; tarsus about 19 mm.; culmen 9.5 to 10.5 mm.
Distribution. From Garhwal and possibly the extreme West of Nepal to the extreme N. W. Frontier, Baluchistan, Afghanistan,, and Ladak.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding race, but it is an earlier breeder, commencing to build in the end of March. The nests only differ in their lining, which consists of, first, goats' hair or some similar material, and then wool. The eggs only differ in being larger and broader, averaging for fifty eggs 15.9 X 12.5 mm.: maxima 17.0 x l3.3 mm.; minima 14.9 x 12.0 mm. In Kashmir and the Simla States they breed between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, but in Garhwal Mr. S. L. Whymper found them breeding higher still.
Habits. Those of the preceding bird, but wandering farther into the plains' districts in Winter. It is common in the North-West Provinces and Punjab, and also wanders as far as the South of the United Provinces.