81. Ianthocincla austeni

81. Ianthocincla austeni.

The Cachar Laughing-Thrush.

Trochalopteron austeni, Jerd., Godw.-Aust. J. A. 8. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 105 (1870); xliii, pt. ii, p. 180; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 304 ; Hume, 8. F. iii, p. 414; id. Cat. no. 417 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 309 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 105.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, hind neck, sides of the neck, and the whole back reddish brown, with pale shafts ; rump paler, without pale shafts ; upper tail-coverts and the middle pair of tail-feathers rufous ; remainder of the tail black, tipped with white, the basal portions of the outer webs suffused with rufous; wing-coverts and tertiaries reddish-brown, the longer coverts and the tertiaries tipped with white arid with a subterminal dusky mark ; outer webs of the earlier primaries grey, those of the other quills reddish brown ; lores dusky ; ear-coverts dark rufous-brown, with pale shafts; chin, throat, and breast rufous-brown, indistinctly barred with dusky and whitish; remainder of lower plumage rufous-brown, with broad and distinct white bars preceded by a dusky line; under tail-coverts narrowly tipped with white.

In the dry skin the bill is black and the legs brown.

Length about 10; tail 4.8; wing 4; tarsus 1.45; bill from gape 1.05.

Distribution. A very rare bird, which has hitherto been obtained only by Godwin-Austen in the hill-ranges of Assam. He obtained it on the first occasion on Hengdan Peak, Khasi hills, at the head of the Jhiri river at 7000 feet; on the second occasion on the Kopamedza peak, Naga hills, at the same altitude. Hume is pretty certain that he caught a glimpse of it in Manipur above Aimole.

Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen observes that these birds were generally in pairs, uttering a harsh, croaking call and answering each other from time to time.

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: 
81. Ianthocincla austeni
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Cachar Laughing Thrush
Brown-capped Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron austeni
Vol. 1

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