933. Pucrasia xanthospila

933. MONGOLIAN PUCRAS.
PUCRASIA XANTHOSPILA.
Pucrasia xanthospila, Gray, P.Z.S. 1864, p. 259, pl. xx. ; Gould, B. of As. vii. pl. 24 ; Elliot, Monogr. Phas. i. pl. 30 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 407, pl. 104 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 315 ; Berez, and Bianchi, Ptitz. Gan-su, p. 19.
Male ad, (Kan-su). Median occipital crest olivaceous buff, the long pos┬Čterior lateral tufts with the sides of head, nape, and throat glossy black ; a large white patch on each side of the neck ; hind neck to back white, margined with golden buff ; lower back and rump grey, striped with black : wings varied with black, buff, and rufous ; elongated tail-coverts and middle tail-feathers, margined with chestnut, edged with black, the rest grey subterminally barred with black, and tipped with white ; middle of throat, neck, breast and abdomen chestnut-red, the rest of the under parts greyish white, striped with black ; under tail-coverts chestnut, tipped with white ; bill blackish ; legs dark grey ; iris brown. Culmen 1.5, wing 8.9, tail 8.0, tarsus 2.5 inch. The female is buff or brown, varied with black and rufous ; the crest is short, and the outer tail-feathers are as in the male, otherwise it resembles the female Himalayan P. macrolopha.
Hab. N.W. China ; Manchuria ; Eastern Tibet ; Kan-su.
Inhabits the wooded portions of the mountains, where it is found singly or in pairs, and feeds on seeds of various kinds, especially those of conifers. Its habits are similar to those of its congeners, but I find no account of its nidification.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
933. Pucrasia xanthospila
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
933
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
670
Common name: 
Mongolian Pucras
M_ID: 
1497
M_SN: 
Pucrasia macrolopha xanthospila
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10560

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