174. Trochalopteron lineatum ziaratensis

(174) Trochalopteron lineatum ziaratensis (Ticehurst).
THE BALUCHISTAN STREAKED LAUGHING-THRUSH.
Trochalopterum lineatum ziaratensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 182.
This bird was described by Ticehurst from Ziarat but he does not define its distribution. It may be the same as Sarudny’s bilkeritchii, which I have not seen.
Major C. H. T. Whitehead took a nest of this Laughing-Thrush at Ziarat on the 30th June containing two eggs. The nest is said to have been taken from Juniper scrub at Ziarat at an elevation of 9,000 feet.
The eggs measure 26.3 x 19.0 and 26.0 x 18.8 mm. They are, of course, just like other eggs of the Streaked Laughing-Thrush.
Major Ch. Williams (Journ. Bomb, Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxiii, p. 509, 1929) says that this race of Streaked Laughing-Thrush is fairly common and resident in the higher bush-covered slopes of the hills. It breeds freely on Ziarat and on the Zurghum slopes. He obtained a nest “on the 17th May, in a fair-sized leafy bush at the head of the Marachak Tangi and, on visiting it a week later, shot the bird off the nest and secured a clutch of four fresh eggs. The nest was a massive structure of fibrous material and bulbous plant stems, lined with fine grass stems and hair, and placed about 4' high in a green thornless bush. The diameter of the inside cup was nearly 3 inches and its depth about 2 inches. The thickness of the walls of the nest was approximately 2 inches.”

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
174. Trochalopteron lineatum ziaratensis
Spp Author: 
Ticehurst
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
174
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
144
Common name: 
Baluchistan Streaked Laughing Thrush
M_SN: 
Garrulax lineatus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13380

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