French: Garrulaxe à tête cendrée German: Graustirnhäherling Spanish: Charlatán cabecigrís
SC & SW Sri Lanka.
24–25 cm; 70 g. Rather featureless medium-sized laughingthrush, dull chestnut-brown above and buffy brown below, with dull grey head and pale eye. Lores, crown and neck... read more
Continuous, rather high-pitched squeaky notes and harsher churring sounds, harsh “chrerrr... read more
Shaded understorey of undisturbed broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo; usually keeps to interior and... read more
Food and feeding
Caterpillars, bugs (Hemiptera), beetles (Coleoptera), grubs, small snails, fruit and seeds. Food delivered to nest mostly insects,... read more
Probably mainly Mar–Aug, but male gonadal development recorded in Sept and Nov, and three nests found Nov–Dec, so that all-year... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Global population estimated at 2500–9999 individuals (probably at lower end of this range) and... read more
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