61. Scaeorhynchus gularis.
The Hoary-headed Crow-Tit.
Paradoxornis gularis, Horsf., Gray, Gen. B. ii, p. 389, pi. xciv, f. 2 (1819); Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 377; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 5 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 103; Wald. in Blyth, B. Burm. p. 117 ; Hume, Cat. no. 374; Oates, B. B. i, p. 131. Paradoxornis (Heteromorpha) caniceps, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 810 (1849). Heteromorpha (? Paradoxornis) caniceps (Blyth), Blyth, Cat. p. 102. Suthora gularis (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 492. Scaeorhynchus gularis (Horsf.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 41.
The Hoary-headed Finch-Thrush, Jerd.; Chongto-phep-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. 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, the sides of the breast and abdomen washed with fulvous ; ear-coverts pale grey ; crown and nape dark grey ; upper plumage, tail, and visible portions of wings rufous-brown.
Bill dark yellow; legs slaty-brown (Godwin-Austen).
Length about 6; tail 3.1; wing 3.5 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Occurs in Sikhim and Bhutan at elevations of from 3000 to 8000 feet. It has also been obtained at Asalu in the Khasi Hills by Godwin-Austen, and in Karennee at 5600 feet by Wardlaw Ramsay. It extends into China.
Habits, &c. The nest and eggs of this species, judging from what little is on record about them, closely resemble those of Sc. ruficeps. The eggs measure .82 by .61.