88. Trochalopterum subunicolor.
The Plain-coloured Laughing-Thrush.
Trochalopteron subunicolor, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 952 (1843) ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 211; Jerd. B. I.ii, p. 44; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 306; Blanf. J. A. 8. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 46; Hume, N. & E. p. 259; id. Cat. no. 417 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 368; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 59. Garrulax subunicolor (Hodgs.), Blyth, J. A. S. B, xiv, p. 599 (1845); id. Cat. p. 90.
Tarmal-pho, Lepch.; Nabom, Bhut.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, and nape dark ashy brown, the forehead tinged with fulvous ; sides of neck and the whole upper plumage olive-brown, each feather margined with black ; middle tail-feathers olive-yellow, the others black with the outer webs suffused with olive-yellow for a great portion of their Length, the two median pairs indistinctly, the others distinctly tipped with white; wing-coverts plain olive-brown; primary-coverts dark brown ; winglet ashy yellow outside, dusky within ; the exterior webs of the outer primaries grey, the others and the secondaries with a progressively increasing amount of yellow, duller towards the tips; tertiaries merely tinged with yellow and more or less tipped with white; ear-coverts brown, the shafts pale ; lores blackish; cheeks, chin, and throat like the back, but darker, similarly margined with black, and a few feathers under the face tipped whitish; remainder of lower plumage olivaceous brown, tinged with fulvous on the abdomen and all the feathers margined with black ; under tail-coverts and thighs plain olivaceous brown.
The young resemble the adults except that at first the black tips to the feathers are merely indicated.
Bill dusky; legs reddish brown ; iris red-brown (Jerdon); iris yellowish grey (Blanford).
Length about 9 ; tail 4.1 ; wing 3.6 ; tarsus 1.35; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim up to 11,000 feet.
Habits. Breeds in Nepal, according to Hodgson, from April to June, constructing its nest of grass and moss lined with leaves in some low branch of a tree. The eggs, three or four in number, are said to be unspotted greenish blue and to measure about 1.07 by .7.