169. Trochalopteron jerdoni meridionale

(169) Trochalopteron jerdoni meridionale Blanf.
THE MYNALL WHITE-BREASTED LAUGHING-THRUSH.
Trochalopterum jerdoni meridionale, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 178.
This Laughing-Thrush inhabits North Travancore, where speci¬mens have been obtained from Chinnipanni, the Patnas, Mynall and the Autchincoil Gap on the Ghats.
The only collector to take the eggs of this bird is Mr. J. Stewart, whose two clutches are now in my collection. The nests are described as just like those of the Nilgiri Laughing-Thrush, but they are said to be such shy, secretive birds that their nests are very hard to locate, though Mr. Stewart devoted “many days searching for them. The two nests were taken on the 10th June, 1906, and 4th June, 1912, and were found at an elevation of about 3,000 feet in thick evergreen forest.”
The eggs are not in the least like what I should have expected ; indeed, had I been asked what they were I would have said they had been laid by the Nilgiri Blackbird. Mr. Stewart is, however, satisfied with their identification and it would be curious if he made exactly the same mistake twice over at intervals of three years. In ground-colour the eggs are a very pale dingy blue-grey and they are marked with blotches of red-brown, mostly at the larger end, but fairly numerous everywhere. There are also a few spots of pale lavender and neutral tint. In shape they are broad blunt ovals and the texture is rather coarse and not very clear, without any definite gloss.
The six eggs average about 26.0 x 19.3 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
169. Trochalopteron jerdoni meridionale
Spp Author: 
Blanf.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
169
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
140
Common name: 
Mynall White Breasted Laughing Thrush
M_ID: 
24930
M_SN: 
Trochalopteron fairbanki meridionale
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13374

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