140. lanthocincla ocellata ocellata

(140) Ianthocincla ocellata ocellata (Vigors).
Ianthocincla ocellata ocellata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol i, p. 155.
This Laughing-Thrush is found in Summer between 8,000 and 10,000 feet in Sikkim and Nepal. It also occurs in Bhutan, as amongst some skins brought down by one of the local bigwigs of Bhutan to Gowhati in January 1886 were two skins of this bird.
Very little is known about its nidification. Hume had a nest, two eggs and a bird sent him from Darjiling. “The nest was taken in May in one of the low, warm valleys leading to the Great Runjeet and is said to have been placed close to the ground in a thick clump of fem and grass. The nest is chiefly composed of these, intermingled with moss and roots, and is a large loose structure some 7 inches across.”
The eggs are “long cylindrical ovals, very obtuse even at the smaller end, with a very delicate pale blue ground and little or no gloss. One egg is spotless, the other has a few chocolate-brown specks or spots towards the large end. They measure 1.18 x 0.86 and 1.25 x 0.85 (=nearly 30.0 x 21.8 and 32.7 x 21.5 mm.).
Osmaston found one nest of this bird near Darjiling at about 8,500 feet. “Nest of moss, dry grass and bamboo leaves built in a small tree in scrub forest about 6' from the ground.”
It contained one egg, a spotless blue, much the same colour as the eggs of the Necklaced Laughing-Thrush, perhaps a little darker and with a finer, smoother and more satiny surface. It is quite spotless and is in shape a long, obtuse oval measuring 30.9 x 21.2 mm.
It is much darker -than Hume’s two eggs, but both clutches are beyond doubt and probably represent the two extremes of coloration.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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140. lanthocincla ocellata ocellata
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sikkim White Spotted Laughing Thrush
Garrulax ocellatus ocellatus
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