(122) Dryonastes chinensis leucogenys.
THE BLACK-THROATED LAUGHING-THRUSH,
Crateropus leucogenys Blyth, J. A. S. B., xi, p. 180 (1842) (Upper Bengal, in err ore). Dryonastes chinensis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 74.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Crown and nape slaty-blue, the anterior portion of the crown streaked with white; cheeks and ear-coverts white; remainder of head to upper breast black; upper plumage and exposed parts of the wings rich olive-brown, outer webs of first primaries silvery-grey; tail olive-brown, the terminal quarter black; breast, sides of neck and upper abdomen ashy-grey; remainder of lower surface olive-brown.
Colours of soft parts. Iris red; bill black; mouth and eyelids plumbeous ; legs fleshy-brown; claws horn-colour.
Measurements. Total length about 280 to 290 mm.; wing 110-to 115 mm.; tail about 115 to 120 mm,; culmen about 22 mm.
Distribution. The Southern Shan States, Tounghoo to the southern half of Pegu, Yunnan, ? South-West China.
Nidification unknown. Harington's eggs are very doubtful.
Habits. Harington says that this is a very common bird at Tounghoo. It has a series of fine notes which can hardly be called a song as well as many of the harsher notes of the genus. In general its habits are much those of the rest of the family. It is a favourite cage-bird in China.
The bird from S.W. China is probably Robinson and Kloss's new subspecies germaini.
I designate the type locality of leucogenys as Meetan, Pegu.