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.