55. Suthora nepalensis.
The Ash-eared Crow-Tit.
Suthora nipalensis, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. ii, p. 32 (1838); Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 378; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 488. Temnoris atrifrons, Hodgs. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 31. Suthora poliotis, Bl. apud Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 9; Hume, Cat. no. 379.
The Ash-eared Tit- Thrush, Jerd.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape smoky-grey; a very broad black supercilium from forehead to nape ; lores, round the eye, and a short broad eyebrow white; remainder of the side of the head slaty-blue ; upper plumage and wing-coverts orange-brown ; pri¬mary-coverts black ; primaries with hoary outer webs, tinged with chestnut at base ; the other quills chiefly chestnut on the outer webs and tipped white on both webs; tail chestnut, broadly tipped blackish ; point of the chin black; throat rusty, with black bars showing through ; lower plumage orange-fulvous.
Length about 4.3 ; tail 2.3 ; wing 1.9; tarsus .65; bill from gape .25.
This is the bird described by Jerdon under the name of S. poliotis, Blyth, with the lower plumage uniform rusty and the chin barred with black and rust colour. It is figured by Hodgson. The true S. poliotis is a distinct bird, differing among other things in having the lower plumage grey and the throat entirely black.
Distribution. Nepal, where this Crow-Tit appears to have been very little observed, the only specimens of it that I have been able to examine being four skins in the Hodgson Collection in the British Museum.