(1045) Pyrrhula erythaca erythaca.
Pyrrhula erythaca Blyth, Ibis, 18(52, p. 389 (Sikkim); Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 206.
Vernacular names. Kobyn (Lepcha).
Description. - Adult male. A broad band of black round the base of the bill, a narrow ring round the eye; next this black a clearly defined almost white line, sharply contracting with the black but shading into the other colours ; crown, sides of head, neck, back, lesser and median wing-coverts and terminal halves or greater coverts clear ashy-grey ; upper rump black ; lower rump white ; remainder of wings, upper tail-coverts and the tail glossy black; throat pale ashy-grey; breast, upper abdomen and flanks orange-red; lower abdomen and posterior flanks pale grey; axillaries and under wing-coverts greyish white; under tail-coverts white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris hazel ; bill black ; legs and feet pale fleshy.
Measurements. Total length about 150 mm. ; wing 82 to 84 mm.; tail 67 to 69 mm.; tarsus 18 to 19 mm.; culmen 9.5 to 10 mm.
Female. Similar to the male but with no red on the breast and generally browner and duller.
Distribution. Sikkim, Bhutan and the hills North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Nothing recorded.
Habits. Similar to those of the preceding bird.