319. Sitta magna.
The Giant Nuthatch.
Sitta magna, Wardlaw Ramsay, P. Z. S. 1876, p. 077, pl. lxiii; Hume S. F. v, p. 343 ; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 405 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 201 ; Hume, Cat. no. 248 quat.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 133 ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 345.
Coloration. Female. Two broad black bands from the nostrils through the eyes to the shoulders; the space within these smoky grey, paling on the hind neck ; upper plumage slaty blue ; wings brown, edged with slaty blue; middle tail-feathers slaty blue; the next two pairs black with a slaty-blue tip; the next two black, with a subterminal patch of white and a slaty-blue tip ; the outermost pair the same, but with a band of white on the outer web ; lores, sides of the head, chin, and throat whitish ; lower plumage smoky grey ; thighs, vent, and under tail-coverts chestnut, the latter broadly tipped with white; under wing-coverts black, followed by a white patch at the base of the primaries only visible from below. The male is not known.
In the dry skin the bill is bluish, paler below; legs fleshy brown.
Length about 8; tail 2.7; wing 4.6; tarsus .9; bill from gape 1.3.
Distribution. The unique specimen from which this species was described was procured by Wardlaw Ramsay in Karennee, or near its western borders, in January. This bird has not again been met with.