(Parus ater, Linn.—La petite Charbonničre, Buff.)
THIS bird is somewhat less than the last, and weighs only two drachms; length four inches. Bill black, as are the head, throat, and part of the breast; from the corner of the bill, on each side, an irregular patch of white passes under the eyes, extending to the sides of the neck; a spot of the same occupies the hinder part of the head and neck; the back and all the upper parts are greenish ash; wing coverts tipped with white, which forms two bars across the wing; under parts reddish white: legs lead colour; tail somewhat forked at the end. This species frequents hilly woods, particularly those of the pine and fir, building in hollow trees, and laying eight or ten eggs of a pure white, with a few purple spots.
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