214. Accentor strophiatus

214. RUFOUS-BREASTED ACCENTOR.
ACCENTOR STROPHIATUS.
Accentor strophiatus, Hodgson, J. A. Soc. Beng. xii. p. 959 (1843) ; Gould, B. of Asia, iv. pl. 47 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 171 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. vii. p. 658 ; A. multistriatus, David Ann. and Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) vii. p. 256 (1871).
Phooching-pho, Lepch.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Entire upper parts rufous brown broadly streaked with black ; wings and tail dark brown, the former externally margined with rufous ; lores cheeks and ear-coverts black ; a broad white super¬cilium in front of the eye, rich rusty behind, above margined with black ; chin and throat white spotted, chiefly on the sides, with black ; breast deep rusty red ; middle of abdomen whitish ; rest of the under parts reddish brown streaked with black ; bill black ; legs reddish brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.58, wing 2.55, tail 2.3, tarsus 0.8 inch. Female similar but has the breast streaked with black.
Hab. The Himalayas from Sikhim and Nepal to Kotgarh, Tibet, the mountains in the province of Kan-su, and the upper Chuanche.
Frequents wild rocky localities at considerable altitudes during the summer, retiring to the valleys or in some cases further south at the approach of winter. Its nest, which is placed on the ground amongst tufts of grass, is constructed of fine roots and moss, lined with sheep’s wool and yakshair. and its 3 or 4 eggs are pale sky blue, spotless, measuring about 0.74 by 0.54. The breeding season is from May to August.
In the Himalayas from Gilgit to Mussoore a nearly allied species A. jerdoni, Brooks, occurs, which differs in having the back only and not the head and neck striped, and the hinder part of the supercilium and breast are pale rufous, not deep ferruginous.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
214. Accentor strophiatus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
214
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
151
Common name: 
Rufous Breasted Accentor
M_ID: 
30264
M_CN: 
Rufous-breasted Accentor
M_SN: 
Prunella strophiata
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10742

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