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.