Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Endangered

Nilgiri Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron cachinnans)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe des Nilgiri German: Zimtbrusthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de los Nilgiri
Other common names: Black-chinned Laughingthrush (when considered conspecific with T. jerdoni)
Taxonomy:

C[rateropus]. cachinnaus

[sic] Jerdon

, 1839,

Nilgiri Hills, India

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Until very recently treated as conspecific with T. jerdoni and before that with T. fairbanki including T. meridionale. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Nilgiri Hills (W Tamil Nadu and adjacent NE Kerala), in SW India.

Descriptive notes

20·5 cm. Small laughing­thrush, dull bronzy brown above, dull rufous below, with blackish face and throat and bold white supercilium. Nominate race has crown dark... read more

Voice

Songs of several types: one a long, rising, crescendoing series of short, worried-sounding, nasal... read more

Habitat

Broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, especially “shola” forest (formations in... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; also nectar, flowers, fruits and berries, including those of brambles (Rubus) and Rhodomyrtus tomentosa... read more

Breeding

Jan–Jul. Nest a bulky but compact, sometimes externally untidy, usually deep cup, made of roots, dead leaves, leaf skeletons, small... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED (nominate race only; taxonomic rearrangement, with jerdoni now included in present species, necessitates new assessment, which would probably reduce... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Nilgiri Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron cachinnans). 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/59618 on 24 October 2017).