154. Trochalopterum erythrocephalum melanostigma

(154) Trochalopterum erythrocephalum melanostigma.

BLYTH'S RED-HEADED LAUGHING-THRUSH.

Garrulax melanostigma Blyth, J. A. S. B., xxiv, p. 268 (1855) (Mt. Muleyit). Trochalopterum melanostigma. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 92.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Forehead, lores and cheeks black, the black of the lores extending to over the eye and merging in a short grey supercilium; ear-coverts and sides of the neck silvery-grey streaked with black; throat and upper breast ferruginous, paling on lower breast and abdomen and becoming olive-grey on flanks and under tail-coverts. No spots on either back or breast.

Colours of soft parts. Legs, feet and claws very pale brown to reddish ; bill black; iris brown or hazel-brown (Hume& Davis.),

Distribution. Muleyit Mount, Tenasserim, and thence northwards into the Shan States.
Nidification. Nests and eggs taken by Mr. C. Hopwood resemble those of T. e. chrysopterum, his eggs measure 30.5 x 20.4 mm.

Habits. According to Davison these birds keep in parties of six or eight, feeding chiefly on the ground and keeping much in the brush-wood. They are neither very noisy nor very silent, uttering from time to time a fine whistling, call in addition to other numerous conversational notes. They appear to feed exclusively on insects.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
154. Trochalopterum erythrocephalum melanostigma
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
154
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
167
Common name: 
Blyth's Red Headed Laughing Thrush
M_ID: 
24975
M_CN: 
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
M_SN: 
Trochalopteron melanostigma
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
2559

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