(1912) Pucrasia macrolopha biddulphi.
THE KASHMIR KOKLAS.
Pucrasia biddulphi Marshall, Ibis, 1879, p. 481 (Kashmir). Pucrasia macrolopha. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 84 (part.).
Vernacular names. Plan (Kashmir) ; Kukrola (Chamba).
Description.— Adult male. Differs from true P. m. macrolopha in being slightly darker above and in having the chestnut of the fore-neck extending to the hind-neck; below the chestnut is much darker and more mixed with black, whilst the feathers of the upper breast often have narrow edges of black.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 233 to 249 mm.
Female. In this race the black markings on the outer tail-feathers are in bars and not in longitudinal streaks as in the preceding race.
Distribution. Northern Kashmir from Ladak to the extreme West.
Nidification. Similar to that of the Common Koklas. Ward records it breeding from 7,000 to 11,000 feet in ravines or among rocks on broken hill-sides in forest. Twenty eggs average 50.8 x 37.5 mm.: maxima 52.4 x 37.0 and 50.6 X 38.6 mm.; minima 49.8 X 36.2 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.