719. Tharrhaleus jerdoni

. Tharrhaleus strophiatus.

The Rufous-breasted Accentor.

Accentor strophiatus, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 959 (1843); Blyth, Cat. p. 131; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 360; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 287 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 401; id. Cat. no. 654; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 658. Accentor multistriatus, David, A. M. N. H. (4), vii, p. 256 (1871). Tharrhaleus strophiatus (Hodgs.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 113.

Phooching-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. The whole upper plumage rufous-brown streaked with black; wings dark brown edged with rufous, the coverts tipped with fulvous on the outer web; tail brown; lores, cheeks, and ear-coverts black ; a broad supercilium, white in front of the eye, deep ferruginous behind, bordered above by a black band ; chin and throat white, spotted with black chiefly at the sides ; sides of neck ashy streaked with black ; breast deep ferruginous; middle of abdomen whitish; remainder of lower plumage reddish brown streaked with black.

Many birds have the breast streaked with black; they are probably birds of the first winter.

Bill black ; legs reddish brown ; iris dark brown (Jerdon).

Length about 5.5; tail 2.3 ; wing 2.7; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .55.

Distribution. Sikhim and Nepal, extending west along the Himalayas to Kotgarh. This species appears to be a constant resident in the higher portions of the Himalayas and to breed both in Nepal and Sikhim. It is found throughout Tibet and Western China.

Habits, &c. According to Hodgson this species makes a cup-shaped nest of grass-roots and moss, lined with wool and hair, in tufts of grass, and lays three or four eggs, which measure about .74 by .54.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
719. Tharrhaleus jerdoni
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Jerdon's Accentor
Prunella strophiata jerdoni
Vol. 2

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