98. Trochalopterum virgatum.
The Manipur Streaked Laughing-Thrush.
Trochalopteron virgatum, Godwin-Austen, P. Z. S. 1874, p. 46; id. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 162; Hume, 8. F. iii, p. 395; id. Cat. no. 425 bis ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 379.
Coloration. Point of the forehead and a long supercilium extending to the nape white; lores ferruginous ; cheeks, lower part of ear-coverts, and under the eye fulvous white; upper part of ear-coverts ferruginous, with pale shaft-streaks; crown, nape, mantle, lesser wing-coverts, and sides of the neck reddish brown, with very white shafts; lower back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts ashy brown, with white shafts ; tail olive-brown, distinctly cross-rayed, the outer feathers tipped white; greater wing-coverts chestnut, with white shafts and tips ; primary-coverts pale rufous, with white shafts and brown tips ; winglet deep ashy, with the outer webs white along the shafts; wings ashy; the middle feathers washed with chestnut, and the tertiaries edged with paler ashy ; chin and throat deep chestnut, shading off into yellowish buff on the remainder of the lower plumage, all the feathers with white shafts.
Legs and feet pale greyish fleshy; soles yellowish; bill deep brown; iris brown; orbital skin leaden-dusky (Hume).
Length about 9.5; tail 4.5; wing 3.4; tarsus 1.25; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The first specimen of this bird was obtained near the village of Razami under the Kopamedza ridge at 5000 feet in the Naga hills. Hume subsequently observed it in the higher portions of the Eastern hills of Manipur about Aimole, Matchi, and Tankool Hoondoong.
Habits, &c. Hume observes that this bird haunts dense undergrowth and is never seen except by accident, and hence, though not, he believes, very scarce in -the localities in which he found it, it is still very hard to procure. It has a peculiar soft single-note call, by following up which he procured all his specimens.