79. Tetraogallus himalayensis.
THE HIMALAYAN SNOW-COCK.
Kullu, Nepal; Huinwal, Kumaon; Jer-moonal, Mussoorie; Leep, Kulu; Kubuk, Kashmir; Galound, Chamba; Kauk-i-durra, Afghanistan; Kabk-i-dareh, Persia; Utar, Turkistan,
Male 26" to 29"; 5 to 6 1/2 lbs. Female 21" to 24"; 3 to 4 lbs. Legs yellow-red. Bill pale horny. Naked eye-patch yellow. Above ashy grey, minutely freckled. Primaries white, tipped dusky. Breast white, barred black. Below dark grey. Under-tail white. Chestnut bands from eye and mouth meet and form a collar.
Only traces of white on basal part of secondaries.— Male has a blunt spur; female has none. From Himalayas to Altai Mountains. Five to twelve eggs (2.72 x 1.85), olive, spotted brown. Found near the snow-line in flocks of from five to thirty. The " Snow-Pheasant" of Himalayan sportsmen.
Also T. caspius. The Caspian S. C from Asia Minor, the Caucasus, and Persia. male 24". female 23". Like T. himalayensis, but chest is grey and no chestnut on sides of nape and head. Basal part of secondaries white.
T. caucasicus. The Caucasian S.C. male 21". Resembles T. caspius, but back of head and nape are rust-red, with chocolate band down each side of throat. Above barred and mottled black and buff. (O.G. i. 89, 90.)
(J. 816. B. 1378. O. 42. O.G. i. 86. H. & M. i. 267.)