491. Pyrrhula cassini

491. CASSIN’S BULLFINCH.
PYRRHULA CASSINI.
Pyrrhula cassini, Baird, Trans, Chic. Acad. i. p. 316, pl. 29 (1869) ; Dresser, ix. p. 201, pl. 677 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 451 ; Turner, Nat. Hist. Alaska, Birds, p. 169, pl. vii ; Bidgway, p. 389 ; P. cineracea Cab. J. f. O. 1872, p. 316, ; Gould, B. of As. v. p. 40.
Male ad. (Siberia). Differs from P. europoea in having the upper parts clearer blue grey, the innermost secondary lacking the red, and the under parts are not brick-red, but clear, pale ashy grey, the cheeks and ear-coverts clearer and paler ; flanks and middle of the abdomen rather paler ; bill black ; legs and iris dark brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 3.45, tail 2.80, tarsus 0.65 inch. The female is slightly duller in tone of colour, and the under parts are brownish grey.
Hab. From the Ural mountains through Siberia to Alaska, south to Turkestan and the Mongolian slopes of the Altai range. It has strayed, It is said, as far west as St. Petersburg.
In general habits it is said to resemble our European bird, but its call-note is clearer and not so harsh. It breeds in the southern Baikal district, but its nest and eggs are as yet un¬described. Some specimens from the Altai are rather paler, and have been separated subspecifically by Seebohm under the name P. cineracea pallida (Ibis, 1887, p. 101), but I cannot take this view.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
491. Pyrrhula cassini
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
491
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
336
Common name: 
Cassin’s Bullfinch
M_ID: 
30617
M_SN: 
Pyrrhula pyrrhula cassinii
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10124

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith