250. Parus lugubris

250. SOMBRE TITMOUSE.
PARUS LUGUBRIS.
Parus lugubris, Natterer fide Temm. Man. d’Orn. p. 293 (1820) ; Gould, B. of E. iii. pl. 151, fig. 1 ; Dresser, iii. p. 121, pl. 111 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 47.
Trauermeise, German ; Cincia dalmatina, Ital.
Male ad. (Smyrna). Crown, nape, and throat sooty black ; upper parts ashy brown ; spurious wing and primary coverts blackish brown with greyish white margins ; rest of the wings and tail greyish brown, externally margined with whitish ; cheeks, ear-coverts, and sides of neck pure white ; rest of tinder parts dull white, the sides of breast and flanks washed with pale ashy brown ; bill blackish ; legs plumbeous ; iris dark brown. Cul¬men 0.5, wing 2.8, tail 2.5, tarsus 0.75. Sexes alike.
Hab. Greece, Hungary, Turkey, and Asia Minor east to Persia.
In habits it resembles the other Titmice, does not, however, collect in small flocks in winter, but lives in pairs. Its call-note is also said to differ from that of the other Titmice. It inhabits the plains, but is found tolerably high up in the mountains. It nests in holes of trees either high above or near the ground, and is also said to breed in holes in the rocks. It does not deposit so many eggs as the other Titmice, but never more than 7 or 8. These resemble those of Parus major, and measure about 0.71 by 0.55 inch.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
250. Parus lugubris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
250
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
171
Common name: 
Sombre Titmouse
M_ID: 
21139
M_CN: 
Sombre Tit
M_SN: 
Poecile lugubris
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10836

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