103. Stactocichla merulina

103. Stactocichla merulina.

The Spotted-breasted Laughing-Thrush.

Garrulax merulinus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xx, p. 521 (1851) ; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 303 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 162 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 394; id. Cat. no. 413 his; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 101. Stactocichla merulina (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 449.
Moh mepeh, of the Angami Nagas.

Coloration. Entire upper plumage, sides of the head and neck, tail, and exposed part of closed wings rufescent olive-brown; a narrow white streak over the ear-coverts ; forehead mottled with grey; chin, throat, and breast yellowish buff, broadly streaked with oval black stripes ; centre of abdomen yellowish buff ; sides of the body rufescent olive-brown ; under tail-coverts bright ochraceous.

Legs and feet rather pale brown; upper mandible blackish, lower horny grey; iris pale pinkish buff; orbital skin pale leaden (Hume).

Length about 10.5; tail 3.8; wing 3.8; tarsus 1.6 ; bill from gape 1.3.

Distribution. The Khasi, Naga, and Lhota Naga hills; the Eastern hills of Manipur.

Habits, &c. Hume describes this bird as a terrible skulk, clinging to dense thorny scrub. It is very vocal and has a great number of clear, beautiful notes, which it combines into a great variety of calls, and it has also a coughing, chuckling, oft-repeated note.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
103. Stactocichla merulina
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
103
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
104
Common name: 
Spotted Breasted Laughing Thrush
M_ID: 
24912
M_CN: 
Spot-breasted Laughingthrush
M_SN: 
Garrulax merulinus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
138

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