(342) Yuhina occipitalis occipitalis.
Yuhina occipitalis Hodgs.,
As. Res., xix, p. 166 (1836) (Nepal) : Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 212.
Vernacular names. Turinging-pho (Lepcha).
Description. Forehead and crest slaty-grey with whitish shaft-streaks, posterior feathers of crest and nape chestnut; hind neck ashy ; upper plumage rufous-brown ; the wings and tail brown, the outer webs of the feathers suffused and margined with rufous-brown ; a circle of white feathers round the eye; ear-coverts and the region of the eye slaty-grey, streaked whitish; a narrow interrupted black moustachial streak; chin, throat, breast and sides of neck vinous ; sides of the abdomen rusty-grey, centre pale chestnut; thighs, vent and under tail-coverts bright chestnut; under wing-coverts and edge of wing white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris red-brown; bill reddish brown; feet orange-buff, claws horny-brown (Scully).
Measurements. Total length about 125 mm. ; wing 59 to 62 mm.; tail about 50 mm.; tarsus about 18 mm.; culmen 11 to 12 mm.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan.
Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded. It is a bird of high levels, not being found below 6,000 feet and ascending up to 10,000.