(106) Psittiparus gularis gularis,
THE GREY-HEADED PARROT-BILL.
Paradoxornis gularis Gray, Gen. Birds, ii, p. 389 (1845) (Sikkim). Scaeorhynchus gularis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 69.
Vernacular names. Chongto-phep-pho (Lepcha).
Description. Forehead, nasal plumes, a supercilium from the forehead to the nape and the chin black; lores and round the eye, cheeks and lower plumage white; flanks and sides of breast only slightly suffused with buff; ear-coverts pale grey ; crown and nape dark grey; upper plumage, tail and visible portions of closed wing rufous-brown.
Colours of soft parts. Iris deep red-brown ; bill chrome-yellow to an almost orange horny yellow; legs and feet slaty-brown, occasionally with a bluish tinge.
Measurements. Total length about 150 to 155 mm.; wing 90 to 95 mm.; tail about 80 mm.; tarsus about 27 mm.; culmen about 12 to 13 mm. long and about 10 to 11 deep.
Distribution. Sikkim and Bhutan and hills North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Similar to that of P. ruficeps bakeri. The eggs measure about 21.0 x 15.2 mm. Habits. Similar to the last.