251. Parus cinctus

251. SIBERIAN TITMOUSE.
PARUS CINCTUS.
Parus cinctus, Bodd. Tabl. Pl. Enl. p. 46 (1783) ; Dresser, iii. p. 125, pl. 112 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 35 ; P. sibiricus, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1013 (1788) ; Gould, B. of E. iii. pl. 151, fig. 2.
Lappsk Mes, Swed. ; Lapin-tiainen, Pistitiainen, Finn. ; Kada-pija, Lapp.
Male ad. (Lapland). Crown and nape dusky brown, the throat blackish ; upper parts pale golden brown, slightly washed with rufous ; wings and tail blackish, the former externally with narrow whitish margins, the tail washed with grey, the outer feather edged and tipped with dull white ; feathers on the lower throat narrowly margined with white ; chest and centre of abdomen white ; rest of under parts pale rusty rufous ; bill blackish ; legs plumbeous ; iris reddish brown. Culmen 0.4, wing 2.8, tail 2.8, tarsus 0.7 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Northern Scandinavia to the margin of the fir belt ; north Russia east to the Yenesei.
In its general habits it is active and lively, restless and always on the move, hunting after its insect food. It affects pine-forests, being less seldom seen in non-evergreen growth, and is chiefly to be seen amongst scattered large trees or their young growth. It breeds in June, either excavating its own nest-hole in a dead tree or making use of a deserted Wood¬pecker’s hole. The nest is constructed of moss, wool, hair, and feathers, and the eggs from 6 to 9 in number are white, spotted with pale red underlying shell blotches and dark red surface markings, and measure about 0.65 by 0.52.
Its general call-note resembles than that of P. borealis, but is louder and deeper in tone.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
251. Parus cinctus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
251
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
172
Common name: 
Siberian Titmouse
M_ID: 
21200
M_CN: 
Grey-headed Chickadee
M_SN: 
Poecile cinctus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10809

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