3. Turdus auritus

3. MONGOLIAN SONG THRUSH.
TURDUS AURITUS.
Turdus auritus, Verr. N. Arch. Mus. Bull. vi. p. 34 (1870) ; Prjev. Mong. i. Strana Tang. ii. pl. xx., fig. 13 (egg) ; Pleske, Prjevalsky's Reisen, Vogel, p. 4, Taf. v. fig. 1 (eggs) ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 193.
Ad. (Kansu). Resembles T. musicus, but is of a richer olive brown above, the spots on the wing-coverts are more clearly defined ; below with larger and darker spots, the feathers on the cheeks with black terminal bands ; axillaries and under wing-coverts darker bull ; 3rd, 4th, and 5th quills nearly equal and longest, 2nd slightly longer than the 7th ; beak brown, the base of the lower mandible white ; legs greyish flesh ; iris brown. Culmen 0.9, wing 4.7, tail 3.8, tarsus 1.37 inch. Sexes alike. The nestling has the tipper parts spotted and striped with warm ochreous, the spots on the under parts smaller and washed with ochreous.
Hab. Northern China (E. Szechuen and Pekin) and Kansu in Mongolia.
It frequents mountain groves in Mongolia, and is not com ¬mon. Prjevalsky found two nests at Kansu in the middle of May, one on a broken tree stump, and the other on a willow branch, not above seven feet from the ground. He does not describe the nest, but the eggs, he says, differ widely from those of Turdus musicus, and run into two varieties, one having the ground colour dull vinous, and the other light dull olivaceous, and the markings are violet-grey shell blotches, and larger and smaller rusty-red surface spots ; they are rounder in shape than those of T. musicus, and in size average 1.05 by 0.8. He saw fledged young on the 30th June.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
3. Turdus auritus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
3
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
3
Common name: 
Mongolian Song Thrush
M_ID: 
14742
M_CN: 
Chestnut-belted Gnateater
M_SN: 
Conopophaga aurita
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10561

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