687. Geocichla innotata

687. Geocichla innotata.

The Malay Ground-Thrush.

Geocichla innotata, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 370 (1816), xvi, p. 146; id. Cat. p. 163; Ball, S. F. i, p. 69; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 250; Hume, S. F. viii, p. 60; id. Cat. no. 355 ter; Seebohm, S. F. ix, p. 99; id. Cat. B. M. v, p. 176.

Coloration. Resembles G. citrina, and differs only in entirely wanting the white tips to the median wing-coverts.

Iris intense rich brown; bill black, whitish plumbeous at base of lower mandible; legs dull white tinged with pink, especially on the feet (Wardlaw Ramsay).

Of the same size as G. citrina.

I look upon this species as quite distinct from G. citrina. In the large series of this latter bird in the British Museum, I fail to find a single specimen from any part of India or Burma north of Amherst without the white tips to the wing-coverts. From Amherst southwards to Malacca spotless birds occur—as far as Tongkah in company with G. citrina, but south of that place by themselves.

Distribution. G. innotata occurs at Amherst, Toungya, Bankasun, and Malawun in Tenasserim; in Karennee; and down the Malay peninsula as far at least as Malacca. There are no grounds for the belief that this species occurs in the Andamans or Nicobars.

Young birds shot in Tenasserim in September and October show that this species breeds in Burma.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
687. Geocichla innotata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Malay Ground Thrush
Geokichla citrina innotata
Vol. 2
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