Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Blue-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron squamatum)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe écaillé German: Blauflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán aliazul
Taxonomy:

Ianthocincla squamata

Gould

, 1835,

Sikkim, Himalayas, India

.

Suggestion of polymorphism appears to relate to sexual differences. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C Nepal E to Bhutan, all NE Indian hill states, W, N & E Myanmar, S China (W & S Yunnan) and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin). Probably N Laos.

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; 70–84 g. Robust, medium-sized, dark-scaled laughing­thrush with black crownstripe, whitish eyes, rusty and blue-white wingpanels and rusty-tipped... read more

Voice

Song consists of thin, rather high-pitched rising whistles, of two main types. First type (perhaps... read more

Habitat

Rather dense understorey and undergrowth of more open broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, berries and seeds. Usually found in pairs or in small family parties, occasionally singly; in Bhutan, may occur in small flocks of... read more

Breeding

Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly a bulky, compact or loose cup, made of dry bamboo or other leaves, creepers, tendrils, fine twigs, grasses,... read more

Movements

Resident; some dispersal to lower elevations in mid-winter noted in Bhutan.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce and local in Nepal. Frequently recorded in Bhutan in C & E valleys; near Zhemgang, density of 0·6 territories/km of road noted at... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Blue-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron squamatum). 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/59634 on 21 October 2017).