90. Trochalopterum variegatum

90. Trochalopterum variegatum.

The Eastern Variegated Laughing- The rush.

Cinclosoma variegatum, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1831, p. 50; Gould, Cent. pl. 16. Garrulax variegatus ( Vig.), Blyth, Cat. p. 97. Pterocyclus variegatus ( Vig.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 207. Trochalopteron variegatum ( Vig.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 45 ; Stoliczka, J.A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 37; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 305; Hume, N. & E. p. 260 (part.); id. S. F. vii, p. 457 ; id. Cat. no. 418; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 359 (part.); Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 50.
The Variegated Laughing-Thrush, Jerd.; Ganza, Nep.

Coloration. Forehead fulvous ; crown and nape ashy brown; feathers on the eyelids and a spot behind the eye white; lores black, extending over and below the eye to the upper part of the ear-coverts; remainder of ear-coverts white with a black patch; chin and upper throat black ; cheeks fulvous, produced downwards and meeting round the black throat; sides of neck and the whole upper plumage olive-brown ; wing-coverts olive-brown, the greater one broadly edged with rufous ; winglet and primary-coverts black ; the inner webs of the tertiaries black, the outer grey tipped with white ; outer webs of primaries and secondaries bright golden yellow tinged with rufous and tipped with white ; a large black patch on the secondaries; the middle four pairs of tail-feathers black on three quarters of their Length, then ashy yellow and tipped with white; the other feathers ashy yellow on the inner webs, olive-yellow on the outer and tipped with white; breast and sides of the body fulvescent ashy brown ; remainder of lower plumage bright tawny buff.

Bill black; legs and feet pale reddish orange-brown; iris pale yellow-green, brown, raw sienna-brown, pale yellowish brown (Hume).

Length about 11; tail 5.2 ; wing 4.1; tarsus 1.5; bill from gape 1.1.

The young have the outer webs of the wing-quills bright yellow as in the adult, which they also resemble in other respects.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Chamba to Nepal at elevations of, generally, more than 5000 feet.

Habits, &c. Breeds from April to June, constructing a nest of grass and leaves in a low branch of a tree or in a bush. The eggs, four or five in number, are blue marked with reddish brown and measure 1.11 by .78.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
90. Trochalopterum variegatum
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Eastern Variegated Laughing Rush
Variegated Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron variegatum
Vol. 1

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