56. Suthora poliotis.
The Ashy-breasted Crow-Tit.
Suthora poliotis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xx, p. 522 (1851); Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 487. Suthora munipurensis, Godw.-Aust. & Wald. Ibis, 1875, p. 250; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 210; id. Cat. no. 380 bis; Gould, B. As. iii, pl. G9 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 258. Suthora daflaensis, Godw.-Aust. A. M. N. H. (4) xvii, p. 32 (1876) ; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 489, v, p. 138.
Coloration. Upper plumage bright orange-brown ; a broad black supercilium extending to the nape and a narrow white line below it; lores, cheeks, and under the eye white; ear-coverts and sides of the neck slaty-blue ; a streak of fulvous behind the eye and over the front part of the ear-coverts ; chin and throat black; lower plumage bluish grey, becoming whitish on the abdomen and under tail-coverts; primary-coverts black; primaries with hoary outer webs tinged with chestnut at base, the other quills chiefly chestnut on the outer webs and tipped white ; tail chestnut, broadly tipped blackish.
Length about 4; tail 2.1; wing 1.8; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape .3.
This species was not known to Jerdon. He was under the impression that the Nepal and Cherra Poonjee birds were identical, but under the name of S. poliotis he described the true S. nepalensis only. The two birds are of course very distinct and cannot be confounded together.
Distribution. Blyth described this species from a specimen procured at Cherra Poonjee, and my description is taken from two birds obtained by Godwin-Austen at Samma in the Eastern Naga hills. The species does not appear, as yet, to have been discovered in any other part of the Empire *.