177. Grammatoptila striata striata

(177) Grammatoptila striata striata Vigors.
Grammatoptila striata striata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 184.
The Simla Striated Laughing-Thrush breeds in the Outer Himalayas from the Sutlej Valley to Western Nepal.
This is another of the very common forms about which little or nothing is recorded. Rattray took its nest at Murree ; Jones and Dodsworth took them round Simla, where they were observed up to 8,000 feet ; Whymper found them breeding in numbers round Jeolikote and Naini Tal and gave me a fine series of eggs from these places. The following is a summary of his notes, sent with the various clutches:—
“This bird is very common all round Naini Tal, where it is much cuckolded by Coccystes coromandus, and I have found as many as four Cuckoo’s eggs in one nest. The nests do not vary very much. Most of them are placed rather high up in small trees and in Deodars, some of them as much as 20 feet up. At other times they may be placed comparatively low down in thick bushes, sometimes not more than three or four feet from the ground. So far as I know they breed principally in forest between 4,000 and 7,000 feet. The nests are very big, rather shallow cups with receptacles for the eggs, which measure about 4 inches across by about 2.3/4 deep. They are made of tendrils and creepers, mixed with roots and generally with a great deal of moss and green fem on the external walls of the nest. The lining is of roots and fibre and the walls of the nests are strongly bound to the supporting branch, and I have seen the materials wound round a creeper in which it was slung at about 20 feet up, against a tree on which the creeper was climbing. The nests are nearly always well and strongly made.
“The breeding season is late, May, June and July, though perhaps a few birds may breed a little earlier.
“The eggs are invariably two in number.”
The eggs are the ordinary pale blue of so many other Laughing- Thrushes, spotless, with a fine smooth texture but with very little gloss. In shape they are long ovals, sometimes a little pointed at the smaller end.
Thirty-five eggs average 33.3 x 23.3 mm. : maxima 35.0 x 23.4 and 34.2 x 23.9 mm. ; minima 31.0 x 23.6 and 32.4 x 23.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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177. Grammatoptila striata striata
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Striated Laughing Thrush
Graminicola striatus striatus
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