91. Trochalopterum simile.
The Western Variegated Laughing-Thrush.
Trochalopteron simile, Hume, Ibis, 1871, p. 408; Hume & Henders. Lah. to Yark. p. 193, pl. vii; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 407; id. Cat. no. 418 bis; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 53; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 439 ; Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. I, p. 60.
Trochalopteron variegatum, apud Cock & Marsh. S. F. i, p. 354.
Coloration. Resembles T. variegatum. Differs in having the outer webs of the wing-feathers slaty blue, and in having those parts of the tail slaty blue which in the other species are either ashy yellow or olive-yellow.
Legs and feet flesh-colour; bill black; iris brown (Dr. G. Henderson).
Of the same size as T. variegatum.
Distribution. The western portion of Kashmir and the Hazara country. Scully states that this bird is common and a permanent resident in Sharot and Bargo, higher up the valley above Gilgit, at 5500 feet.
Habits, &c. The nest was found by Messrs. Cock and Marshall near Murree on the 15th June, built at the end of a bough of a fir-tree about 20 feet from the ground. The nest and eggs appear to resemble those of the last species.