11. GOULD’S THRUSH.
Turdus gouldi, Terr. Nouv. Archiv. Mus. Hist. Nat. vi. Bull. p. 34. (1870) ; Prjev. in Rowley’s Orn. Misc. ii. p. 198 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 148, pl. xxxiv ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 260 ; Pleske, Prjevalsky’s Reisen, Vogel, ii. p. 18.
Male ad. (Mongolia). Head and neck slaty biown, crown darker, back, scapulars, and rump rich chestnut ; wings and tail blackish brown ; under part chestnut, the centre of abdomen dirty white ; under wing-coverts chestnut, under tail-coverts varied black, white, and chestnut ; bill yellow ; legs pale brown ; iris brown. Culmen 1.06, wing 5.6, tail 4.7, tarsus 1.4 inch. The female is paler and duller, and has the throat finely streaked with dull white. The male nestling has the head and neck blackish with brown margins, sides of neck and cheeks tinged with dull yellowish white ; upper parts rusty-red, nape and tail-coverts brownish, all with white or reddish white shaft stripes and black tips ; throat yellowish white ; under parts irregularly banded with black and yellowish ochreous ; bill brown, lighter towards the tip ; legs pale brownish. The female nestling is paler, the crown, nape, and hind neck are earth-brown, the throat is white, striped with black on the sides ; under parts ochreous, the breast and flanks washed with rusty-red, and breast and abdomen barred with blackish brown. The young bird has the bill brown, lighter towards the tip, legs light brown.
Hab. Kansu, Western Szechuen, and Moupin, where it is common.
In summer it inhabits the forests high up in the moun¬tains, descending to the valleys in winter when it is often seen near human habitations. It is said to breed in the thickets which fringe the mountain streams but its nest and eggs are unknown. Its song is said to resemble that of Turdus merula but is harsher and less silvery in tone. When in company with its young it utters a call like that of Lanius tephronotus.
11. Turdus gouldi
11. GOULD’S THRUSH.