102. Grammatoptila austeni

102. Grammatoptila austeni.

Austen's Striated Laughing-Thrush.

Grammatoptila striata (Vigors), Godwin-Austen, J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 73; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 15 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 135.

Coloration. Resembles G. striata, but differs in having no white shaft-stripes on the crest-feathers, and in having two broad dark brown bands, one on either side of the head, nearly meeting on the nape behind. The shaft-stripes on the upper plumage and sides of the head are much narrower, being hardly any broader than the shafts themselves, and the streaks on the lower surface are also much narrower and better defined.

Iris red-brown ; legs and feet pale grey (Godwin-Austen).

Of the same size as G. striata.

Distribution. The Daphla and the Eastern Naga hills. In the former this species was common under Toruputu Peak at about 6000 feet in January.

Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen observes of this species that it associates in large flocks, and that the note is a chatter mingled with another call somewhat simulating the low quack of a duck. It feeds entirely on fruits and seeds.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
102. Grammatoptila austeni
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
102
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
104
Common name: 
Austens Striated Laughing Thrush
M_ID: 
24617
M_CN: 
Chinese Grassbird
M_SN: 
Graminicola striatus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
136

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