100. Trochalopterum imbricatum.
The Bristly Laughing-Thrush.
Garrulax imbricatus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 951 (1843); id. Cat. p. 98. Pterocyclus imbricatus (Blyth), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 208. Trochalopteron setifer (Hodgs.), apud Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 51. Trochalopterum imbricatum (Hodgs.), Hume, Cat. no. 426; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 379.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and hind neck dark reddish brown, with glistening black shafts, the feathers, especially those of the forehead, stiff and pointed ; lores, a short supercilium, and sides of the head greyish brown with white shafts; mantle, scapulars, and sides of the neck reddish brown with grey margins and glistening white shafts ; rump and upper tail-coverts olive-brown with pale shafts and obsolete narrow cross-bars; tail reddish brown, the outer feathers black towards the ends and tipped white; the outer primaries edged with grey, the others and all the coverts reddish brown, the tertiaries edged paler ; chin and throat reddish brown; remainder of the lower plumage reddish brown with glistening white shafts ; thighs and under tail-coverts olive-brown.
The colour of the bill &c. has not been recorded.
Length about 8.5; tail 3.8; wing 3.1; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. Bhutan only, whence there are three specimens in the British Museum.
No specimen of this rare bird is contained in either the Hodgson or the Hume Collection, and there is no evidence whatever to show that this species occurs in Nepal. Hodgson figures two birds, one of which is undoubtedly the ordinary form of T. lineatum and the other is a somewhat peculiar form of the same, but bearing no resemblance to T. imbricatum.