703. Oreocincla spiloptera.
The Spotted-wing Thrush,
Oreocincla spiloptera, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 142 (1847); id. Cat. p. 160 ; Legge, S. F. iii, p. 367; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 382 ; id. Cat. no. 372 ter; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 109. Turdus spiloptera (Blyth), Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 451, pl. xix. Geocichla spiloptera (Blyth), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 167.
Coloration. Upper plumage and lesser wing-coverts rich olive-brown tinged with russet; tail rusty olive-brown; wings dark brown, broadly edged with olive-brown, the median and greater coverts more or less black tipped with white; lores whitish; ear-coverts mixed white and black; lower plumage white, tinged with grey on the sides of the breast and body; the cheeks, sides of the throat and neck, the whole breast, and the upper half of the abdomen with fan-shaped or triangular black spots; axillaries white, tipped with dark brown ; under wing-coverts dark brown, tipped with white.
Iris brown ; eyelid leaden grey ; bill blackish, pale at gape ; legs and feet dusky bluish grey or greyish fleshy ; claws dusky horn (Legge).
Length about 8.5; tail 3.2; wing 4; tarsus 1.4 ; bill from gape 1.15.
Distribution. Confined to Ceylon up to 4000 feet.
Habits, &c. A nest of this bird was found by Legge in January containing two eggs bluish green freckled with rufous, and measuring 1.19 by .79.