(945) Regulus regulus yunnanensis.
The Yunnan- Goldcrest.
Regulus yunnanensis Rippon, Bull. B. 0. C. xix, p. 19 (1906) (W.Yunnan).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar, sex for sex, to R. r. himalayensis but much darker. Above, the colour is a dark olive-brown, the rump paler and yellowish ; below, it is a dull greyish white with practically no tinge of buff or fulvous.
Colours of soft parts as in the Himalayan Goldcrest.
Measurements. Length about 110 mm.; wing about 55 to 57 mm. ; tail about 28 mm.; tarsus 17 mm.; culmen 9 to 10 mm.
On an average, the wing-measurement of this race is about 56 mm. as against 54.5 mm. in the Himalayan bird.
Distribution. Yunnan. A specimen sent me from the Northern Shan States seems referable to this race.
Nidification. The specimen sent me was caught on its nest, which was built on a Pine and in general character just like that of the other races, a bag of lichen, moss and spiders' webs, well lined with the softest feathers. It contained four eggs of the common type of Regulus egg and was taken on the 4th June at Yemathaing, at about 9,000 feet.
Habits. Nothing recorded.