70. Garrulax belangeri.
The Burmese White-crested Laughing- Thrush.
Garrulax belangeri, Less. Tr. d'Orn. p. 648 (1831) ; id. in Belang. Voy. Indes. Or. p. 258, pl. 4 ; Blyth, Cat. p. 95 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 201; Wald. P. Z. S. 1806, p. 548; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 107 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 122; Oates, S. F. v, p. 150; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 286; Hume, Cat. no. 407 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 181; Oates, S. F. x, p. 208 ; id. B. B. i, p. 33; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 430; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 48.
Coloration. Lores, ear-coverts, and round the eye black; the whole head and crest, sides of neck, chin, throat, breast, and upper abdomen, continued narrowly down the middle of the latter, white; hinder part of crest deep ashy ; upper plumage bright ferruginous ; lower plumage the same, becoming duller on the thighs, vent, and under tail-coverts ; wings brown, edged on the outer webs with rufous-brown; tail dark brown, washed with rufous-brown on the outer webs.
Bill black; gape yellow ; mouth flesh-colour; iris pinkish hazel; legs plumbeous; claws pale horn-colour; eyelids purplish grey.
Length about 11.5; tail 4.8; wing 5; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.4.
This species may be distinguished from the last by the white of the breast running into the abdomen and by the upper and lower plumage, except the white portions, being of a bright ferruginous. From the next it may be known by the ashy portion of the crest abruptly meeting the ferruginous of the upper plumage, and by the white of the lower parts extending only over a small portion of the abdomen.
Distribution. The whole of Pegu in the better-wooded parts : Tenasserim from Toungngoo down to Tavoy and the Thoungyeen valley.
Habits. Breeds from March to July precisely in the same manner as the last species. The eggs, however, are almost invariably three in number, and measure 1.13 by .88 ; they are pure white.