715. Tharrhaleus rubeculoides.
The Robin Accentor.
Accentor rubeculoides, Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 118; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 361; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 288; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 53; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 64; Hume & Henders. Lah. to York. p. 234; Hume, Cat. no. 656; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 657.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and sides of head brown; back, scapulars, and rump reddish brown with broad black streaks ; upper tail-coverts nearly plain brown ; tail brown, edged paler ; lesser and median wing-coverts ashy, centred darker and tipped whitish; greater coverts dark brown, broadly edged with rufous and tipped whitish ; quills dark brown, edged with rufous ; chin, throat, and sides of neck ashy brown with the bases of the feathers darker, causing a mottled appearance ; breast deep ferruginous ; abdomen whitish or pale fulvous; sides of the body and under tail-coverts rufous streaked with brown.
Iris clear pale brown; bill black; legs reddish brown (Blanford).
Length about 6.5; tail 2.7; wing 3.2 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Eastern Kashmir and Ladak to Sikhim. Blanford found this species above 14,000 feet, and I have seen specimens from Sikhim killed in June and October and in the adjoining parts of Tibet in February, March, and September : it breeds in Tibet, as Mandelli procured quite a young bird in September. Dr. Henderson met with this species at Sukti in July and at Tankse in October.