95. Trochalopterum jerdoni.
The Banasore Laughing-Thrush.
Garrulax jerdoni, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xx, p. 522 (1851). Trochalopteron jerdoni (Blyth), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 49; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 306 ; Morgan, S. F. ii, p. 532; Hume, Cat. no. 424; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 373, pl. x; Davison, S. F. x, p. 378.
Coloration. Point of forehead black; crown and nape slaty brown, the edges of the feathers narrowly darker; a broad white supercilium, the feathers of which, next the crown, have the inner webs black, forming a narrow black band above the supercilium; lores and a line behind the eye black; ear-coverts greyish white; sides of neck ashy brown, continued back and meeting round the neck; upper plumage, wings, and tail olive-brown, tinged with rufous on the tail; chin and cheeks black ; throat and breast streaked with dark ashy and white; abdomen rufous ; sides, thighs, and under tail-coverts olivaceous brown ; under wing-coverts rufous.
Bill dull black ; iris crimson-lake ; legs, feet, and claws plumbeous brown (Davison).
Length about 8.5 ; tail 3.5; wing 3.2 ; tarsus 1.3 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Brahmagiri hills in Coorg ; the Banasore Peak, Wynaad, at 5000 to 6000 feet, and, according to Mr. Morgan, the Palghat hills and the Chinnacoonoor Ghat, Nilgiris. The species seen in the last two localities may, however, have been different, possibly T. fairbanki.