783. Montifringilla blanfordi.
Montifringilla blanfordi, Hume, S. F. iv, p. 487 (1876); id. Cat. no. 752 quint.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 264, pl. iv.
Coloration, Forehead white, with a median black streak; a large patch between the eye and the bill black, extending down to the cheeks and up to the forehead ; a short but broad white supercilium ; cheeks and ear-coverts white ; the whole upper plumage fulvous; wing-coverts and tertiaries brown, broadly edged with fulvous; quills dark brown, edged with fulvous, the last few primaries with a patch of white on the outer web; all the quills except the first two or three primaries also with a patch of white on the inner web ; middle tail-feathers brown edged with fulvous, the others ashy brown, then white and broadly tipped brown ; sides of the neck ferruginous, reaching forward to the sides of the throat and breast but not meeting in front; chin black; remainder of lower plumage pale fulvous-white.
None of the birds in the British Museum series of this species are sexed. The sexes are, however, probably alike. Some few birds with the chin white or pale brown are obviously young birds just fledged; they resemble the adult in other respects, but have the marks on the head paler, and some have the lower plumage suffused with yellow.
In the dry state the bill is bluish and the legs black.
Length about 6 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 3.8 ; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. In the Hume Collection there are four specimens of this species which were procured "near Darjeeling" and numerous others from Tibet immediately north of Sikhim. Some of these latter are quite young birds.