320. Sitta kashmirensis.
Sitta cashmirensis, Brooks, Proc. A. S. B. 1871, p. 209; id. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 75; Hume, Cat. no. 248 bis; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 352.
Coloration. Upper plumage and wings slaty blue ; a black band from the nostrils to the shoulders through the eyes; chin and sides of the face dull white tinged with fulvous; throat more fulvous, the lower plumage gradually becoming deeper and turning to deep chestnut on the abdomen, flanks, and under tail-coverts ; middle tail-feathers ashy blue ; the next two pairs black, edged and tipped with ashy; the next two black, with a subterminal white spot on the inner web ; the outermost feather black, with a white patch on each web and a brown tip ; under wing-coverts blackish, followed by a white patch on the primaries visible only from below; some traces of ashy are generally visible on the centres of the feathers of the under tail-coverts.
Length about 5; tail 1.7; wing 3.3; tarsus .7; bill from gape .95.
Distribution. I have examined specimens of this species procured at Hirpur and Gulmurg in Kashmir, at Murree, and at Byan Kheyl in Afghanistan. Brooks notes it in his original description as coming from the pine-forests of Kashmir.
Habits, &c. Wardlaw Ramsay states that this bird breads in the Hariab District of Afghanistan in May.