(159) Trochalopterum milnei sharpei.
THE BURMESE RED-TAILED LAUGHING-THRUSH.
Trochalopterum sharpei Rippon, Bull. B. O. C, xii, p. 13 (1901) (Kengtung State).
Vernacular names. Krang-sheng-kabr (Kachin).
Description. Crown and upper parts of head and neck buffy-rufous; ear-coverts pale grey ; throat and lores black ; back and wing-coverts olive, each feather of the back with dark edge;, rump and upper tail-coverts golden olive; below ashy-olive, more green towards the neck; tail above bright red, below blackish; wing-quills above brilliant and glossy red, the inner webs of the innermost secondaries pure white.
Colours of soft parts. " Bill and feet black; iris brown" (David & Oust.).
Measurements. Length about 280 mm.; wing about 106 mm.; tail about 120 mm.; tarsus about 38 mm.; culmen about 30 mm.
Distribution. Kachin Hills and N. Shan States.
Nidification. Breeds in the Kachin Hills in April and May, making a typical Laughing-Thrush's nest of bamboo leaves and grass, mixed with a few roots and other leaves and lined with the former. They are, as usual, cup-shaped, and are placed either in bushes or low down against trees in the dense undergrowth of ravines in forest growing in valleys over 6,000 feet elevation. The eggs are unlike any others of this family and have a pure white ground sparingly spotted and blotched with reddish-brown or nearly black spots; they are in fact exactly like Golden Orioles' eggs.. Fifteen eggs average 28.7 x 20.7 mm.
Habits. This very handsome Trochalopterum is only found at heights from 5,000 to 8,000 feet, frequenting the most dense of undergrowth, in which it skulks about in small parties or pairs, being heard much more often than seen; at the same time, according to Harington, they are as inquisitive as noisy, and if one remains hidden, the birds soon show themselves in the attempt to make out the intruder.