(127) Dryonastes galbanus.
Garrulax galbanus Godw.-Aust., P. Z. S., 1874, p. 44 (Manipur). Dryonastes galbanus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 68.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A narrow ashy-white supercilium; crown and nape ashy-brown; rest of head and chin black; upper plumage, wing-coverts and outer webs of secondaries ochraceous brown; the outer webs of primaries ashy-olive; inner webs of dl quills brown; tail greenish-ashy, the four middle feathers broadly tipped with black and sub-tipped whitish, the others broadly tipped with white preceded by blackish; lower plumage yellow washed with olive on the sides ; under tail-coverts white.
Colours of soft parts. Bill black; legs ash-grey; iris red-brown (Godw.-Austen).
Measurements. Length about 240 to 250 mm.; wing 92 to 96 mm.; tail about 105 to 110 mm.; tarsus about 35 mm.; culmen about 20 to 22 mm.
Distribution. Manipur and Chin Hills.
Nidification. In all respects like that of the last bird. Thirty eggs average 24.3 x 18.5 mm. and cannot be distinguished from those of that Laughing-Thrush, except that they are a trifle smaller and perhaps rather less glossy.
Habits. Similar to those of ruficollis, but found principally between 2,500 and 5,000 feet. It is said also to be more of a forest bird in the Chin Hills and less restricted to scrub and bush-jungle, though Hume found it frequenting grass-lands in very large flocks, 50 to 80 in number, in Manipur.