Myiophonus horsfieldi, Vig.
342. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 499 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 342 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 398.
THE MALABAR WHISTLING THRUSH.
Length, 11; wing, 6 ; tail, 4.75 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill at front, 1.25.
Bill black; irides dark-brown; legs brown-black.
General plumage black, more or less tinged with deep-blue ; a band on the forehead, not extending to the base of the bill, and shoulders fine shining cobalt or smalt-blue ; some of the feathers of the breast and abdomen edged with the same.
The Malabar Whistling Thrush is a not uncommon permanent resident along the whole of the Sahyadri range ; it occurs also at Mount Aboo. The nest, a large structure composed of roots, moss, &c., is placed under the shelf of a rock, or in some such similar situation. The eggs, three or four in number, are broadish ovals, salmon-pink or whitish-pink in color, speckled and spotted with brownish-pink. They measure 1.22 in length by about 0.96 inches in breadth. It breeds during March and April.