253. Parus superciliosus

253. WHITE-BROWED TITMOUSE.
PARUS SUPERCILIOSUS.
Parus superciliosus (Prjev.) Mongol i Strana Tangut. ii. p. 53 (1876) Pleske, Prjevalsky’s Reisen, ii. Vogel, p. 160.
Male ad. (Kan-su). Crown and throat deep black ; upper parts ashy blue grey, paler towards the nape ; wings and tail blackish, externally margined with ashy grey ; sides of head and neck below the eye and under parts pale rufous, paler on the middle of the abdomen ; a distinct pure white super¬ciliary stripe from the base of the bill over the eye ; bill blackish ; legs blackish plumbeous ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.4, wing 2.55, tail 2.8, tarsus 0.85 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Mongolia (Kansu and the upper Chuanche).
Inhabits the bushes in the alpine zone of the mountains, and is seen in small flocks, often in company with Leptopoecile in the rhododendron and caragana thickets. Its call-note is a loud whistle reminding one of that of Rhopophilus. Mr. Grum-Grzimailo found a nest containing five eggs near Sining, which was placed in a mouse-hole and constructed of moss and grass and lined with camels’ wool and mouse hair. The eggs were white, spotted all over the surface of the shell with reddish yellow.
The nearest ally to this Titmouse is Parus montanus Gambel, which inhabits the Rocky Mountains and western North America.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
253. Parus superciliosus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
253
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
173
Common name: 
White Browed Titmouse
M_ID: 
21138
M_CN: 
White-browed Tit
M_SN: 
Poecile superciliosus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
11088

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