241. Pteruthius xanthochloris.
The Green Shrike-Tit.
Pteruthius xanthochloris, Hodgs. J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 448 (1847). Allotrius aenobarbus, Temm., apud Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 246 (part.). Allotrius, sp., Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 60. Allotrius xanthochloris (Hodgs.), Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 45; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 456; id. Cat. no. 611 ter. Ptererythrius xanthochloris (Hodgs.), Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 118.
Coloration. Male. The forehead, lores, the sides of the crown, and round the eye dark grey; crown and nape blackish, with traces of grey among the feathers; ear-coverts, sides of neck, back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts green; lesser wing-coverts brown, edged with green ; greater coverts brown, edged with green and tipped with yellowish ; primary-coverts black; wings dark brown, edged with green exteriorly ; tail brown, suffused with green on the outer webs, tipped white, and the outer web of the outermost feather whitish; chin, throat, and breast pale ashy, smeared in places with yellow ; remaining lower plumage, under wing-coverts, and axillaries bright yellow.
Female. Differs in having the crown and nape of the same dark grey as the forehead ; lores, sides of the crown, and round the eye without any trace of black.
Iris dark grey-brown ; lower mandible and upper mandible along the commissure pale plumbeous; rest of upper mandible black; legs, feet, and claws fleshy, tinged plumbeous (Davison).
Length about 5; tail 1.9 ; wing 2.5 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .55.
Birds from Nepal and Sikhim have the head much darker than birds from the N. W. Himalayas.
Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Sikhim, at elevations up to 9000 feet.