(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.