131. Garrulax delesserti Jerdon

(131) Garrulax delesserti (Jerdon).
Garrulax delesserti, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 149.
This Laughing-Thrush is confined to the hills of South-West India from the Wynaad to South Travancore.
The first authentic nest and egg of this species were taken by Davidson in Kanara in the latter part of May. “It was in a low bush jungle, and was like an ordinary small Bulbul’s nest, composed of rough creepers and roots, with a couple of skeleton leaves in the foundation. It contained a single partially incubated egg. This was pure white and glossy, and a very broad oval.”
The only other collector who has taken the nests and eggs of this bird is Mr. J. Stewart. Together with a fine series of their eggs he has supplied me with the following interesting notes :—“All my eggs have been taken in the Ventura Valley, Travancore, where it is fairly common up to about 4,000 ft. though it prefers an elevation of about 2,000 ft. The birds breed principally during the South¬-West Monsoon, when the rainfall is about 150 inches, but they have a long breeding season and I have taken eggs from the 7th of April to the 28th of August. When disturbed or alarmed they are noisy birds, chattering and cackling one after another or all together. At other times, at all events during breeding times, they are not noisy and they slip quietly away off their nests on the advent of any intruders and do not give away the site by callings The nest is not hard to find, however, for no attempt is made at concealment and it is often very conspicuous, especially when, as is sometimes the case, it is placed in almost bare saplings 5 or 6 feet from the ground. More often it is built in bushes at any height from two to six feet, but, whether in sapling or in bush, the surroundings are always damp thick forest.
“They lay three eggs normally but sometimes four, and I have taken two nests, one containing six and the other seven eggs, which I believe were, in both instances, the product of two birds.
“The nests are very rough, untidy structures, made for the most part of fine twigs lined with roots. Mixed with the twigs there may be grass, roots, leaves and various kinds of fibre, but in all the twigs seem to preponderate.”
The eggs are like no other Laughing-Thrushes’ eggs. They are pure white and round, like the eggs of the White-crested birds, but the texture is utterly unlike, being more transparent, smooth, hard and very glossy, not unlike that of many Woodpeckers. There are no pits in the surface and the white is not nearly so dead a china white.
The average measurements of fifty eggs is 27.5 x 21.3 mm. : maxima 29.1 x 21.3 and 28.4 x 22.0 mm. ; minima 26.0 x 20.8 and 26.5 x 20.5 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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131. Garrulax delesserti Jerdon
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Wynaad Laughing Thrush
Wynaad Laughingthrush
Garrulax delesserti
Vol. 1

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