685. Geocichla cyanonotus.
The White-throated Ground-Thrush.
Turdus cyanotus, Jard. & Selby, III. Orn. i, pl. xlvi (1828). Geocichla cyanotus (J. & S.), Myth, Cat. p. 163; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 191; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 517; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xxxviii, pt. ii, p. 179; Hume, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 118; id. N. & E. p. 229; id. Cat. no. 354 ; Davison, S. F. x, p. 374 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 172 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 171; Oates, in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 98.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, nape, hind neck and sides of the neck, breast, abdomen, and sides of the body golden rufous, the crown tinged with greenish ; vent and under tail-coverts white; back, rump, upper tail-coverts, scapulars, and wing-coverts slaty blue; the median wing-coverts broadly tipped with white; quills dark brown, margined on the outer webs with pale slaty; tail slaty blue, the outer feathers tipped pale; lores, cheeks, chin, and throat white; an oblique brown band from the eye downwards, succeeded by a band of white behind it running down the neck, and by another brown band running through the middle of the ear-coverts, followed again by a narrow white patch ; axillaries white, tipped with ashy fulvous; under wing-coverts slaty blue, tipped with white ; a large patch of white on the underside of the quills.
Female. Differs from the male in having the back, scapulars, the outer webs of the secondaries, and many of the wing-coverts suffused with olive-green.
Iris dark brown; bill black; feet fleshy; claws dusky (Fair-bank).
Length about 8.5; tail 3; wing 4.1; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. The southern half of the peninsula of India, from about north latitude 24° to Travancore. This species appears to be resident or very locally migratory within the above-defined area, and to be found up to 4000 feet.
Habits, &c. Breeds from June to September, making a nest apparently very similar to that of G. citrina, but using mud in its construction. The eggs are pale bluish or greenish white marked with rufous, and measure about 1 by .75.