single bird was seen calling incessantly and peculiarly like a domestic
hen at Sankri, Har Ki Doon trek, Uttarakhand on 16 Oct 08.
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striata. The Striated Laughing-Thrush.
Garrulus striatus, Vigors, P.Z.S. 1830, p.7; Gould, Cent. pl. 37.
Keropia striata ( Vig.), Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p.83; Horsf,
& M. Cat. i, p. 209.
Turnagra striata ( Vig.), Blyth, Cat. p. 95.
Grammatoptila striata (Vig.), Jerd. B.I. ii, p. 11; id. Ibis, 1872,
p. 298; Hume, N.&E. p.237; Ball, S.F. vii, p. 234; Hume, Cat.
no. 382; Scully, S.F. viii, p.287; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p.450;
Oates in Humes N.&E. 2nd ed. i, p.67.
The Striated Jay-Thrush, Jerd.; Nampiok-pho, Lepch.; Kopiam, Bhut.
Coloration. Whole upper plumage, sides of the head and neck, chin,
and throat umber-brown (deepest on the crest) shading off into pale
brown on the lower plumage; every feather of the plumage, both upper
and lower, the wing-coverts, and tertiaries with a long median white
streak, the streaks larger but less defined on the abdomen and under
tail-coverts; quills dark brown, the outer webs of the first few
primaries hoary, of the others pale chestnut; tail chestnut; the
outer feathers with a minute white tip. Bill black; legs dusky plumbeous;
iris red-brown (Jerdon}.
Length about 12; tail 5.3; wing 5-6; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape
Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Bhutan from
6000 to 9000 feet. This species has, no doubt erroneously, been
recorded from Birbhum in Bengal.
Habits, &c. Jerdon states that this bird has some very peculiar
calls, one of them resembling the chucking of a hen which has just
laid an egg. It breeds from May to July, constructing a cup-shaped
nest of grass &c. in a low tree, and apparently laying only
two eggs. These are blue, some quite spotless, others marked with
a few specks of brownish red. They measure 1.3 by 0.9.