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Genus SYLVIPARUS Burton, 1835.

This genus closely resembles Parus but differs in having a proportionately shorter, smaller bill and a square or very slightly forked tail; plumage greenish with no ventral band. There is only one species.

Sylviparus modestus.
Key to Subspecies.

^ '■ [p.88. A. Above olive-green, below ochraceous yellow .... S. m. modestus, B. Above darker and duller, below dull yellowish [p. 88. grej S. m. satriratior, C. Above paler and brighter, below brighter and [p. 89. paler and more yellow S. m. simlae7isis,

(70) Sylviparus modestus modestus.
The Yellow-browed Tit.

Sylviparus modestus Burton, P. Z. S., p. 1.14 (183."5) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 53.

Vernacular names. IN'one recorded.

Description. Upper plumage, sides of the neck, 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 eye-brow yellow; lower f)lumage yellow tinged with ochraceous; edge of wing and under wing-coverts bright yellow.

Colours of soft parts. Bill dark plumbeous, palest along the commissure and at base of the lower mandible; legs and feet plumbeous; iris very dark brown {Davison).

Measurements. Total length about 100 mm.; tail about 35 mm.; wing 00 to 64 mm.; tarsus about 15 mm.; culmen about 5 mm.

Distribution. Garhwal, ]'epal, Sikkim, Bhutan and hills N. of the Brahmaputra at least as far East as the Abor Hills.

Nidification. Nothing known.

Habits. A bird of the hills above 6,000 feet. In winter it apparently comes mucb lower, possibly on rare occasions into the plains.

(71) Sylviparus modestus simlaensis.
The Simla Yellow-browed Tit.

Sylviparus modestus simlaensis Stuart Baker, Bidl. B. (3. C, xxxviii, p. 8 (1917) (Simla).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Differs from the true modestus in being a much brighter yellower green above and in being paler and purer yellow below.