352. Anorthura neglecta.
The Kashmir Wren.
Troglodytes nipalensis, Hodgs, apud Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 32; Hume, N. & E. p. 218; id. Henders. Lah. to Yurk. p. 187. Troglodytes neglectus, Brooks, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 328 (1872); Hume, S. F. iv, p. 492; id. Cat. no. 333 bis; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 52 ; 1882, p. 271; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 437. Anorthura neglecta (Brooks), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 278; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 221.
Coloration. Resembles, A. nepalensis in the distribution of colours and markings, but is markedly paler and smaller, with much weaker legs and claws, the hind toe and claw measuring .55 in Length as against .6 in A. nepalensis.
This bird can only be considered a small pale form of A. nepalensis, but as the small size and weak feet are correlated with a paler plumage it seems entitled to separation.
Bill brown, dusky above; feet dusky ; gape fleshy ; iris brown (Scully).
Length about 3.5; tail 1.2; wing 1.8; tarsus .65; bill from gape .6.
Both this species and A. nepalensis differ from the English Wren in being darker coloured and in being barred on nearly every portion of the plumage.
Distribution. Throughput Kashmir and the Himalayas to Simla. I have seen no specimens of Wrens collected between Simla and the Nepal frontier and cannot say which of the two species occurs in that portion of the Himalayas.
Habits, &c Brooks found two nests of this Wren in Kashmir in May and June - one in the roots of a large fallen pine, the other in the foliage of a moss-grown tree. The nests were made of moss and fibres and lined with feathers. The eggs in the first nest were white spotted with red, and in the second pure white without any spots. They measured about .66 by .5.