Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax chinensis)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe à joues blanches German: Weißohrhäherling Spanish: Charlatán golinegro
Taxonomy:

Lanius (chinensis

) Scopoli

, 1786,

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

.

Has been considered conspecific with G. nuchalis. Form “lugens” (from Indochina) is a dark morph of nominate race. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. lochmius Deignan, 1941 – S China (SW Yunnan), EC & E Myanmar (S to extreme N Tenasserim), NW & NE Thailand and NW Laos.
  • G. c. propinquus (Salvadori, 1913) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • G. c. chinensis (Scopoli, 1786) – Black-throated Laughingthrush – SE China (SE Yunnan E to Guangxi and C Guangdong), NE, C & S Laos and Vietnam (S to C Annam).
  • G. c. germaini (Oustalet, 1890) – Germain’s Laughingthrush – S Vietnam (S Annam, Cochinchina) and adjacent E Cambodia.
  • Race unknown in S part of E Thailand.

    Descriptive notes

    23–30 cm; 64–113 g. Dark, medium-sized laughingthrush with black on face and throat. Nominate race has forehead, bristly lores and upper submoustachial area black... read more

    Voice

    Has repetitive, loud, rich, rather mournful, fluty song incorporating harsh, coarse “wraaah... read more

    Habitat

    Broadleaf evergreen and mixed deciduous forest, secondary growth, scrub (including Lantana... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; some plant material and seeds. Usually in pairs or in small parties; flocks of up to twelve or more individuals recorded on Hainan... read more

    Breeding

    Mar–Aug; multi-brooded. Nest a loose cup, made of pieces of rattan, bamboo and other leaves and roots, lined with fine and coarse... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in S China, where recorded in 18 (33%) of 54 surveyed sites, 52 of which are nature reserves; these include Shiwandashan National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Black-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax chinensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/59582 on 25 September 2017).