65. Dryonastes caerulatus

65. Dryonastes caerulatus.

The Grey-sided Laughing-Thrush.

Cinclosoma caerulatus, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 147 (1836). Garrulax caerulatus (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 96; Horsf. 8; 31. Cat. i, p. 205; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 30; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 302; Godw.-Aust. J. A S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 160; Hume, N. & E. p. 254; id. Cat. no. 408. Dryonastes caerulatus (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 461; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 46.
Tarmol-pho, Lepch.; Piang-kam, Bhut.

Coloration. Forehead, the upper part of the cheeks, and round the eye black; ear-coverts black above, whitish tipped with rufous below; upper plumage and sides of neck rufous-brown, brighter on the greater coverts, the outer webs of the quills, and on the head, the feathers of which are terminally margined very narrowly with black; rump tinged with ashy; tail chestnut-brown; lower part of cheeks rufous-brown; extreme point of chin black ; remainder of chin, throat, the middle of the breast, and abdomen and the under tail-coverts white; sides of breast and abdomen ashy.

Bill dusky, livid at the base; legs fleshy-white; iris red-brown; orbital skin livid (Jerdon).

Length about 11; tail 4.8; wing 4.2; tarsus 1.4;.bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim. Godwin-Austen procured this species in the hills of Northern Manipur. His specimens are all typical D. caerulatus, and not the next species.

Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim in May and June, constructing its nest in trees at from six to twelve feet from the ground, and laying two or three eggs, which are greenish-blue and measure 1.18 by .82.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
65. Dryonastes caerulatus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Grey Sided Laughing Thrush
Grey-sided Laughingthrush
Garrulax caerulatus
Vol. 1

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