76. Garrulax albigularis.
The White-throated Laughing-Thrush.
Ianthocincla albogularis, Gould, P. Z. S. 1835, p. 187. Cinclosoma albigula, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 146 (1836). Garrulax albogularis (Gould),Blyth, Cat. p. 95; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 202; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 38; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 37; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 803; Cock & Marsh. S. F. i. p. 354 ; Hume, N. & B. p. 255; Hume, Cat., no. 411 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 280; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 439; Oates in Hume's N. &; E. 2nd ed. i, p. 52.
Coloration. Forehead fulvous; lores and feathers over and beneath the eye black; cheeks, chin, and throat white; upper plumage rich olive-brown, tinged with fulvous on the crown and ear-coverts and with rusty on the upper tail-coverts ; wings brown, edged with the colour of the back; tail olive-brown, the four outer pairs of feathers very broadly tipped white; sides of neck and a broad pectoral ,band olive-brown ; remainder of lower plumage bright ferruginous.
Bill dull black ; legs, feet, and claws pale livid plumbeous ; iris greyish blue ; inside of mouth yellow (Hume).
Length about 12; tail 5.7; wing 5.3; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.2.
There is great uniformity in the plumage of this bird, the only exception being that specimens from Sikhim and the moister parts of the Himalayas are brighter on the lower parts.
Distribution. The Himalayas from the Hazara country to Sikhim at all elevations up to 8000 or 9000 feet. Jerdon states that this bird is found in Bhutan and Hume in Assam, but I have seen no specimen from any locality east of Sikhim. It extends into Western China.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to June, constructing a shallow cup-shaped nest of grass, moss, and leaves in low branches and in bushes at no great height from the ground. The eggs, usually three in number, are greenish blue and measure 1.22 by .83.