(125) Dryonastes caerulatus kaurensis.
THE KACHIN HILLS LAUGHING-THRUSH.
Dryonastes kaurensis Rippon, Bull. B. O. C, xii, p. 13 (1901) (Bhamo).
Vernacular names. Wo-krang-krang-frong (Kachin).
Description. Differs from D. c. subcaerulatus in having rufescent-brown ear-coverts.
Colours of soft parts. " Orbital skin and naked patch round the eye slaty-blue " (Harington).
Measurements. Total length about 287mm,; culmen 26.6 mm.; wing 104.6 mm.; tail 115.3 mm.; tarsus 40.6 mm. (Rippon).
Distribution. North and Central Kachin Hills.
Nidification. Harington and Grant found it breeding in the Bhamo district, in April, May and June. The nest, which is generally composed of bamboo leaves and lined with roots, was placed either in clumps of hill-bamboo or in high bushes. The eggs, two in number, are like those of caerulatus but perhaps rather darker. Ten eggs average 30.5 x 21.5 mm.
Habits, This Laughing-Thrush is found between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in the Bhamo Hills; it is said to have a " very fine, almost human whistle which can easily be imitated and by which it can be called up. It generally keeps to very dense forest."