Parus nipalensis, Hodgs.
645. :- P. cinereus, Vieill. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 278; P. coesius, Tick.; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 491; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 413 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, p. 127.
THE INDIAN GREY TIT.
Length, 5.95 ; wing, 2.8; tail, 2.6 ; tarsus, 0.6 ; bill at front, 0.7. Bill black ; irides brown; legs blackish.
Head, chin, throat, and breast, and a line along the abdomen, black; large cheek-spot white ; plumage above bluish-cinereous ; greater-coverts white tipped, forming a conspicuous wing-band; quills dusky-black, edged with pale blue, and the secondaries and tertiaries edged white ; beneath albescent, with a tinge of rufescent-ashy, purer white on the under tail-coverts.
The Grey Tit occurs sparingly on Mount Aboo, but does not descend to the plains beneath. It does not occur in Sind, but is common in Southern Afghanistan. It is a common permanent resident In the Deccan, breeding from May to August; the nest (a mere pad composed of "moss, hair, fur and feathers), is placed in a hole in a tree, bank, or wall.
The eggs, five or six in number, are slightly elongated ovals, pointed towards one end. The ground color is white, (pinkish before they are blown), blotched, spotted, and streaked, more especially towards the large end, with red or occasionally pale-purple.
They average about 0.71 inches by about 0.54.