101. Grammatoptila striata.
The Striated Laughing-Thrush.
Garrulus striatus, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1830, p. 7 ; Gould, Cent. pl. 37. Keropia striata ( Vig.), Hodys. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 83; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 200. Turnagra striata (Vig.), Blyth, Cat. p. 95. Grammatoptila striata (Vig.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 11; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 298; Hume, N. & E. p. 237 ; Ball, S. F. vii, p. 234; Hume, Cat. no. 382 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 287 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 450 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 67.
The Striated Jay-Thrush, Jerd.; Nampiok-pho, Lepch.; Kopiam, Bhut.
Coloration. Whole upper plumage, sides of the head and neck, chin, and throat umber-brown (deepest on the crest) shading off into pale brown on the lower plumage ; every feather of the plumage, both upper and lower, the wing-coverts, and tertiaries with a long median white streak, the streaks larger but less defined on the abdomen and under tail-coverts ; quills dark brown, the outer webs of the first few primaries hoary, of the others pale chestnut; tail chestnut; the outer feathers with a minute white tip.
Bill black; legs dusky plumbeous ; iris red-brown (Jerdon).
Length about 12 ; tail 5.3; wing 5.6 ; tarsus 1.7 ; bill from gape 1.2. .
Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Bhutan from 6000 to 9000 feet. This species has, no doubt erroneously, been recorded from Birbhum in Bengal.
Habits, &c. Jerdon states that this bird has some very peculiar calls, one of them resembling the chucking of a hen which has just laid an egg; It breeds from May to July, constructing a cup-shaped nest of grass &c. in a low tree, and apparently laying only two eggs. These are blue, some quite spotless, others marked with a few specks of brownish red. They measure 1.3 by .9.