Striated Laughingthrush
Garrulax striatus

5 January 2009

Possible regional races (polytypic)
-G. s. vibex; Ripley, 1950
-G. s. cranbrooki; Kinnear, 1932
-G. s. sikkimensis; Ticehurst, 1924
-G. s. striatus; Vigors, 1831
Garrulax striatus striatus

Striated LaughingthrushA 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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101. Grammatoptila 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 1.2.

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.


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