79. Ianthocincla cineracea.
The Ashy Laughing-Thrush.
Trochalopteron cineraceum, Godwin-Austen, P. Z. S. 1874, p. 45, pl. xi; id. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 162 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 395 ; id. Cat. no. 418 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 366; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 165.
Lehu of the Angami Nagas.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape, extending to a point on the hind neck, black ; lores, a broad supercilium, the ear-coverts, and under the eye dull white; a narrow line over the ear-coverts and a broader moustachial streak black, the latter terminating in streaks on the sides of the upper neck ; upper plumage and wing-coverts olivaceous ashy, tinged with rufous on the upper tail-coverts; secondaries, tertiaries, and tail like the back, each feather with a subterminal black band and a white tip; primaries ashy on the outer webs; primary-coverts black; winglet ashy on the outer webs, dusky on the inner; chin and throat pale fulvous, with the shafts black; whole remaining lower plumage fulvous, tinged with olive on the sides and albescent on the abdomen.
Legs and feet pale fleshy pink; basal two-thirds of upper mandible pale brown to dusky ; rest of upper and entire lower mandible horny yellow, dirty yellowish horny, or sullied ivory; iris pale orange-yellow, pale orange-buff, very pale yellow or pale buff; edges of lids and bare skin dusky; lids pale lavender (Hume).
Length about 9 ; tail 4; wing 3.3 ; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The Naga hills and the Eastern hills of Manipur.
Habits, &c. Hume describes this bird as being found in pairs, keeping to the densest brushwood and feeding a good deal on the ground, both on fruits and insects. It has a low, rather musical call, or set of calls *.