(104) Psittiparus ruficeps ruficeps.
THE RED-HEADED PARROT-BILL.
Paradoxornis ruficeps Blyth, J. A. S. B., (1) ii, p. 177 (1842) (Bootan). Scaeorhynchus ruficeps. "Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 68.
Vernacular names. Chongto-phep-pho (Lepcha).
Description. Head, nape, upper back, lores, cheeks and ear-coverts chestnut; upper plumage, tail and exposed parts of wings olive-brown, tinged with rufous; the whole lower plumage white, tinged with brown on the sides of the body, vent, thighs and under tail-coverts.
Colours of soft parts. Iris deep red-brown; upper mandible horny brown, lower fleshy-brown ; eyelids and mouth slate-blue; legs dark plumbeous blue; claws horn-brown.
Measurements. Total length about 180 mm.; wing 84 to 86 nun. ; tail about 85 mm.; bill "from forehead to tip in a straight line 14 mm." (Hartert) ; tarsus about 28 mm.
Distribution. Hills north of the Brahmaputra east to Sadiya. Nepal and Sikkim.
Nidification and Habits. Not distinguishable from those of the next subspecies. Seven eggs in my collection average 22.8 x 16.7 mm.