718. Tharrhaleus strophiatus

. 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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
718. Tharrhaleus strophiatus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
718
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
186
Common name: 
Rufous Breasted Accentor
M_ID: 
30264
M_CN: 
Rufous-breasted Accentor
M_SN: 
Prunella strophiata
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
979

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