French: Garrulaxe modeste German: Goldschuppenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán modesto
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. subunicolor
Blyth, 1843 – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (S & SE Xizang).
T. s. griseatum
(Rothschild, 1921) – N & NE Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
T. s. fooksi
(Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – SE Yunnan (S China) and extreme N Vietnam (N part of W Tonkin).
23–25·5 cm; 50–76 g. Medium-sized short-billed dull laughingthrush with heavy dark scaling, yellowish wingpanel. Nominate race has lores sooty, head olive-... read more
Sings with repeated, rather shrill high whistled “whiu-whiiiu” and “whi’ii’i, whi’ii’i”; songs... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest with thick undergrowth, secondary growth, bramble (Rubus)... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), also centipedes (Chilopoda), snails; also berries, including of... read more
Apr–Aug. Nest a cup made of grasses and moss, lined with soft bamboo leaves, placed 60–90 cm above ground in bush or sapling.... read more
Resident. In Bhutan clear elevational movements reported, highest breeding elevations vacated... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local and frequent in C Himalayas in Nepal, becoming fairly common in E; fairly common in Langtang National Park. Scarce in Bhutan, with relatively... read more
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