159. Troehalopteron milni sharpei

(159) Trochalopteron milni sharpei Rippon.
Trochalopterum milnei sharpei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 170.
This Red-tailed Laughing Thrush is confined to the Kachin Hills and Shan States between 5,500 and 7,000 feet, possibly a great deal higher also.
In 1908 Harington took the eggs and nests, being the first ornithologist to do so. Later, in 1912 and 1913, Grant took several more nests round Sinlum Kaba, where Harington had taken his eggs. Grant’s description merely confirms that of Harington, which is as follows :—
“It is a great skulker, and only found in dense undergrowth in valleys over 6,000 ft. My first nest was procured by my Burman collector, who also shot the parent bird. As these eggs differed from those of any other Laughing-Thrush I had ever seen or heard of, and were of a totally different type, I thought he must have made some mistake. On the 29th of April, 1908, I luckily found a nest containing three eggs of the same description as those taken by him, so I promptly concealed myself, and managed to shoot both parent birds, who were very noisy and inquisitive. After this I found other nests and procured the parent birds with them, so that there can be no doubt.
“The nests were of the usual type, composed of bamboo leaves and grass, and were placed in bushes or against the sides of trees. The eggs, of which two or three seem to be the usual complement, are very remarkable, being of a dead white, either glossless or having a faint gloss, and are spotted either with dark red or black spots, a few having underlying purplish marks ; in fact they are extremely like Orioles’ eggs, though the texture is somewhat less smooth and close.” Harington might have added “much less glossy,” but except for this there is nothing more that one can say about nests or eggs.
In shape the latter are rather broad ovals, with the smaller ends very slightly pointed.
Fourteen eggs average 28.7 x 20.7 mm. : maxima 29.5 x 21.0 and 29.3 x 21.4 mm. ; minima 27.9 x 20.0 mm.
Grant’s eggs were all taken in April from the 13th of that month onwards, but Harington found more in May than in April, taking them up to the end of the former month.

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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159. Troehalopteron milni sharpei
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Burmese Red - Tailed Laughing-thrush
Red-tailed Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron milnei
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