653. Tarsiger chrysaeus

653. Tarsiger chrysaeus.

The Golden Bush-Robin.

Tarsiger chrysaeus, Hodgs. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 28; Blyth, Cat. p. 169 ; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 310; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 149; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 45 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 325 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 260; Hume, Cat. no. 511; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 67.

The Golden Bush-Chat, Jerd.; Manshil-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, nape, hind neck, and the middle portion of the back olive-green; a superciliary streak reaching to the nape, the lesser wing-coverts, scapulars, sides of the back, the rump, the upper tail-coverts, and the whole lower plumage bright orange-yellow, many of the feathers more or less fringed very narrowly with brown; median and greater coverts and the quills black, margined with olive-green; tail orange-yellow, broadly tipped with black, the median pair of feathers black, with a yellow margin on the outer webs ; lores, round the eye, and the ear-coverts black.

Female. The whole upper plumage and the exposed parts of the wings olive-green; median pair of tail-feathers olive-green, the others golden yellow, broadly tipped, and margined on the outer webs, with olive-green; a yellowish-white ring round the eye; ear-coverts olive-brown, with pale shafts; lores and an indistinct supercilium olive-yellow; the whole lower plumage ochraceous yellow, most of the feathers with tiny dusky fringes and the flanks washed with olivaceous.

The young have the whole plumage dark olive-brown, the feathers streaked with fulvous and tipped with black.
Lower mandible and edge of the upper along the commissure yellow; rest of the bill black; iris very dark brown ; legs, feet, and claws fleshy, tinged with brown (Hume).

Length about 6; tail 2.3; wing 2.7; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape .7.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Chamba to Sikhim, apparently up to 5000 feet; the Khasi hills; the Naga hills; Manipur. This species extends into Western China.

Habits, &c. Nests on the ground from May to August, in holes of rocks and banks, and lays three or four eggs, which are pale blue, and measure about .8 by .53.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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653. Tarsiger chrysaeus
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Golden Bush Robin
Tarsiger chrysaeus
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