Geocichla cyanotis, Jard and Selby.
354. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 517; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 398.
THE WHITE-WINGED GROUND THRUSH.
Length, 7.5 to 8.5 ; expanse, 12.25 to 14 ; wing, 4.2 to 4.5 ; tail, 2.75 to 3 ; tarsus, 1.25 to 1.5 ; bill at front, 0.7; bill from gape, 1.
Bill blackish; irides dark-brown ; legs fleshy-brown.
Head, nape, hind-neck, and sides of neck, ferruginous ; the rest of the plumage above dull-cyaneous or leaden ; wings and tail dusky, the former with a white spot on the median wing-coverts, and the outer feathers of the tail also tipped with white ; lores white ; ear-coverts white in the centre, continued down the sides of the neck, and with a brown spot above and below the latter passing into ferruginous, and bordering the white of the ears ; beneath, the chin, throat, and neck, white ; the breast, abdomen, and flanks, bright-ferruginous ; and the vent and under tail-coverts white.
The colors of the female are less pure than those of the male.
The White-winged Ground Thrush only occurs within our limits on the Sahyadri Range and in the adjoining forests, as far north at least as Khandalla.
It is a permanent resident, but owing to the bird's crepuscular habits, it often escapes observation.