168. Trochalopteron jerdoni fairbanki

(168) Trochalopteron jerdoni fairbanki Blanf.
Trochalopterum jerdoni fairbanki, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 178.
This is another bird with a very small range, being found only in the Palni and Annamali Hills.
Fairbank, after whom the bird was named, discovered it and took its nest at Kodaikanal, in the Palni Hills, in May and records the nest as being built “in the crotch of a tree, at about 10 feet from the ground and at an elevation of nearly 6,500 feet.” The next to take the eggs was Major Terry in May, 1883, but from then onwards no one obtained nests until Howard Campbell did so in 1892 and, after another long gap, Stewart took two nests, each with two eggs, at 7,000 feet, in 1919. Finally we have Capt. R. S. P. Bates’s beautiful photos and excellent description of nests and eggs found in 1929 and given in bis charming book ‘ Bird Life in India.’ Here he writes : “The Travancore bird (T. j. fairbanki) prefers open jungle and bush-dotted hill-sides to the deeper sholahs. It is cautious certainly but very far from shy, and inhabits every garden and hedgerow within Kodaikanal itself. Its nidification too is different [to that of the Nilgiri Laughing-Thrush]. Out of eight nests found by me around Kodaikanal but one contained more than a trace of moss, ninety per cent, or more of the materials being coarse grass and a few bracken leaves with an inner lining of slightly finer grass. This compact nest is placed either in the dense part of a bush or in thick bracken, which clothes many of the hill-sides on the summits of the Palni Hills.” In a letter to me he adds to the above : “They are very familiar birds and one nest I found in a hedge dividing two gardens. Of others I found two were in bracken, three in isolated bushes and one in an open part of a sholah. They are always well concealed.”
The eggs cannot, I think, be distinguished from those of the Nilgiri bird. Fifteen average 25.6 x 19.1 mm. : maxima 27.0 x 19.4 mm. ; minima 25.2 x 18.7 and 25.3 x 18.5 mm.
Of the few eggs collected some have been taken in each month between the 14th of February (Howard Campbell) to the 30th May (Major Terry). It should be noted, however, that Bates found eight nests in March.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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168. Trochalopteron jerdoni fairbanki
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Travancore White Breasted Laughing Thrush
Kerala Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron fairbanki
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