77. Garrulax strepitans.
Garrulax strepitans (Tickell, MS), Blyth, J. A.. S.B. xxiv, p. 268 (1855); Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 107; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 288; Hume, Cat. no. 408 bis; Oates, B. B. i, p. 37. Dryonastes strepitans (Tick.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 457.
Coloration. Lores, cheeks, anterior portion of the ear-coverts, and round the eyes black ; hinder part of the ear-coverts ferruginous; forehead, crown, and nape reddish brown; a spot on each side the neck white ; hind neck, sides of neck, and upper back ashy, paler and whiter in front, darker behind, and blending with the olive-brown of the upper plumage and wings ; tail blackish, washed with olive-brown on the outer webs; point of chin blackish ; throat and breast chocolate-brown, the latter bordered by ashy blending with the olive-brown of the remainder of the lower plumage.
Legs and feet very dark brown, sometimes brown-black; claws paler ; bill black; iris generally lake-red, sometimes crimson (Hume & Davison).
Length nearly 12; tail 5.3; wing 5.3; tarsus 1.8; bill from gape 1.4.
Distribution. Confined, so far as is at present known, to Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim, where this species is found at elevations above 3500 feet.
Habits, &c. Mr. Davison remarks : - " This species is not by any means uncommon, occurring in small flocks of twenty or more, and keeping entirely, so far as I have observed, to the forest, especially to the ravines where this is densest." He adds that it is very shy and beats a rapid retreat at the approach of anybody. It is a very clamorous bird.