(169) Trochalopterum jerdoni meridionale.
Trochalepteron meridionale Blanf., Hume, S. F., vii, p. 36 (1878) (Travancore) ; Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 100.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the Banasore Laughing-Thrush in having a much shorter white supercilium with no black lines above it. The lores and whole crown to nape are dusky brown ; the chin is nearly white and the centre of the abdomen also is white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark red; bill black; legs dusky (Bourdillon).
Measurements about the same as fairbanki.
Distribution. North Travancore; there are specimens in the British Museum from Chinnipanni, the Patnas, Mynall and the Tinnevally boundary, and Mr. J. Stewart obtained it at the Autchincoil Cap on the Chats.
Nidification. Mr. J. Stewart appears to be the only collector who has seen the nest of this bird. He describes it as just like most nests of cachinnans; it was taken at about 3,000 feet. The eggs are more Thrii3h-like than are those of any other of the South Indian Laughing-Thrushes, and might be matched in colour by many eggs of Merula simillima. The ground-colour is a very pale blue-green, and the markings consist of rather numerous blotches, smears and spots of reddish brown, mostly on the larger end, where in one egg they form a dense ring. The three eggs average about 25.5 x 19.1 mm. I expect these eggs are somewhat abnormal in coloration.
Habits. Those of the preceding bird.