Head, throat, and fore part of the neck, black; cheeks, and a spot on the nape, white: two transverse white bars on the wings.
P. ater, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. 1. p. 288. Cole Titmouse, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. 1. p. 239. pl. 51. f. 3. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. 1. p. 278.
Entire length four inches three lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) three lines and a half, (from the gape) four lines and a half; of the tarsus seven lines and three quarters; of the tail one inch seven lines and a half; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches three lines.
Crown of the head, and nape of the neck, black; the latter with a central white spot: cheeks and sides of the neck white: throat and fore part of the neck black: upper parts of the body cinereous, inclining to yellowish on the rump: greater and lesser coverts tipped with white, forming two transverse bars across the wings when closed: belly and abdomen grayish white: tail relatively shorter than in the last species, and slightly 'forked. The female has less white on the sides of the neck, and less black on the throat. (Egg). White, with numerous pale red spots: long. diam. seven lines and a half; trans, diam. six lines.
Not so abundant as the last species. Confined to woods and extensive plantations. Feeds principally on insects. Builds in holes. Nest constructed of moss and wool, and lined with hair.
(2. Mecistura, Leach).