73. Garrulax moniliger.
The Necklaced Laughing-Thrush.
Cinclosoma moniligera, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 147 (1836). Garrulax macclellandi, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 949 (1843). Garrulax moniliger (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 96; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 204; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 40 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 257 ; id. S. F. iii, p. 123; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aces, p. 627; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 291,515; Hume, Cat. no. 413; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 181; Oates, S. F. x, p. 208; id. B. B. i, p. 35; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 442; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 160; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 50.
Ol-pho, Lepch.; Piang-kam, Bhut.; Poreri or Purirhi, Daphla.
Coloration. Resembles G. pectoralis. Differs in wanting the black cheek-stripe and in having the primary-coverts of the same colour as the other wing-coverts. The ear-coverts vary from pure white to black with a white patch in the middle. The former type prevails throughout Burma and the latter in the Himalayas. The tail is tipped with white in all specimens procured north of a line drawn from Thayetmyo to Toungngoo; south of this line the tips are almost invariably buff, and the only exception I have met with is a bird shot at Kollidoo in Tenasserim.
Iris bright yellow; eyelids dull purple; bill dark horn, the tip and margins pale brown ; legs light plumbeous; claws pale horn-colour. In young birds the iris appears to be greenish yellow.
Length about 12; tail 4.9; wing 5; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.3.
Distribution. Nearly the same as that of G. pectoralis, but found in Tenasserim as far south as Tavoy, and apparently absent from Karennee.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to June, constructing a nest in bushes and seedling bamboos within easy reach of the hand, and laying from three to five blue eggs, which measure 1.07 by .85.