89. Trochalopterum affine

89. Trochalopterum affine.

The Black-faced Laughing-Thrush.

Garrulax affinis, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 950 (1843); id. Cat. p. 97. Pterocyclus affinis (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 207. Trochalopteron affine (Hodgs.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 45; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 46 ; Hume, Cat. no. 419; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 357.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape dark brown tinged with rufous, paler on the forehead; lores and sides of head black ; cheeks and a large patch behind the ear-coverts white, extending to the sides of the neck where it becomes pale rufous ; hind neck rufous-brown, blending with the darker brown of the head; back and scapulars rufous-brown, each feather broadly terminated with pale grey; rump olive-brown; upper tail-coverts ferruginous; tail slaty blue, three quarters of all the outer webs and of the inner webs of the middle pair of feathers overlaid with bright golden yellow ; wing-coverts rufous ; primary-coverts black ; winglet and tertiaries slaty blue ; the outer webs of the primaries and secondaries bright golden yellow on the greater portion of their Length, slaty blue elsewhere ; chin black; throat rufous-brown ; breast paler rufous, each feather narrowly edged with grey ; remainder of lower plumage rufous-brown.

Bill black ; feet reddish brown ; iris brown (Jerdon); iris olive (Blanford).

Length about 10 ; tail 5.2 ; wing 4.1 ; tarsus 1.5 ; bill from gape 1.

Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan at high elevations, being found from 8000 to 13,000 feet.

Habits. Blanford observes that this species is subalpine; it ranges much above all other forms. He found it in rhododendron scrub and on the skirts of the pine woods in Sikhim.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
89. Trochalopterum affine
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Black Faced Laughing Thrush
Black-faced Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron affine
Vol. 1

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