705. Zoothera marginata

705. Zoothera marginata.

The Lesser Brown Thrush.

Zoothera marginata, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 141 (1847); id. Cat. p. 160; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 192; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 268 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 226; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 100 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 246; Hume, Cat. no. 350 bis ; Bingham, S. F. viii, p. 195, ix, p. 177; Oates, B. B. i, p. 8; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 124 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 109. Zoothera monticola, Bl., apud Gadw.-Amt. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 142 (fide Wald. in Bl. Birds Burm. p. 100 n). Geocichla marginata (Blyth), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 162,

Coloration. The whole upper plumage olive-brown tinged with rufous, especially on the outer webs of the quills, all the feathers margined darker, causing a scaly appearance; tips of the median and greater coverts ochraceous; tail brown, indistinctly cross-rayed, and the outer feathers paler; sides of the head mixed fulvous and dark brown; chin, throat, middle of breast, and abdomen white, with brown tips and margins; sides of the throat, breast, and body dark olive-brown, the feathers of the sides of the throat and upper breast with darker centres; under tail-coverts pale buff, the feathers broadly margined with olivaceous at the sides; axillaries basally white, then black; under wing-coverts basally black, and then white.

Bill very dark horny brown, lower mandible reddish from angle of gonys to base; iris dark brown; legs and feet dark brown (Hume Coll.).

Length about 10; tail 3 ; wing 4.9 ; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.5.

Distribution. Sikhim; Bhutan ; the whole of the Eastern portion of the Empire from the Brahmaputra river to the extreme south of Tenasserim. This species is probably a permanent resident throughout its range.

Habits, &c. Mr. Gammie found the nest of this Thrush in Sikhim at the end of May—a cup composed of moss and fibres and placed on a low branch of a tree. The eggs were three in number, and one of these is described by Hume as being very pale greenish white much marked with ferruginous-brown and pinky purple. It measured 1.05 by .79.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
705. Zoothera marginata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Lesser Brown Thrush
Dark-sided Thrush
Zoothera marginata
Vol. 2
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