40. Sylviparus modestus.
The Yellow-browed Tit.
Sylviparus modestus, Burton, P. Z. S. 1835, p. 154; Blyth, Cat. p. 104; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 373 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 267; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 61; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 169; Hume, Cat. no. 632; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 322; Marsh. Ibis, 1884, p. 418; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 253. Parus seriophrys, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 942 (1844). Parus modestus (Burt.),Gadoio, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 33.
The Yellow-browed Flower-pecker, Jerd.
Coloration. Upper plumage, sides of neck, and the wings and tail olive-green, the feathers of the crown centred with brown; sides of the head yellowish green slightly mottled with brown ; a ring of feathers round the eye and a short eyebrow yellow; lower plumage yellow tinged with ochraceous; edge of wing and the under wing-coverts bright yellow.
Bill dark plumbeous, palest along the commissure and at base of the lower mandible ; legs and feet plumbeous; iris very dark brown (Davison).
Length about 4; tail 1.4; wing 2.4; tarsus .6; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. Throughout the Himalayas from Kashmir to Bhutan. Stoliczka observed this Tit about Panji and Chini in the Sutlej Valley in summer, and subsequently at Leh on the Indus in Kashmir. Marshall notes it from Chamba. Scully states that it is common on the hills round the valley of Nepal at 6000 to 8000 feet. It is found in Sikhim and also in Bhutan. Crossing the Bramaputra River we find it recorded by Godwin-Austen from the Eastern Barail range just under the peaks of Japvo and Khunho.
Jerdon states that this bird extends to the plains and that he procured it at Ajanta at the edge of the hills south of Khandesh. I have not been able to find any other locality in the plains from which it has been obtained.