Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Bare-headed Laughingthrush (Garrulax calvus)


French: Garrulaxe chauve German: Kahlkopfhäherling Spanish: Charlatán calvo

Allocotops calvus


, 1888,

Kinabalu, north Borneo


Formerly treated as conspecific with G. lugubris. Monotypic.


Mountains of N Borneo (Sabah, E Sarawak).

Descriptive notes

25–26 cm. Very like G. lugubris, but plumage tinged brownish, with head bare and brownish to yellowish, and bill red; bill, wing and tail slightly shorter.... read more


Song a series of 5–22 quite deep, flat-toned, resonant “ooh” notes, fairly evenly... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, and secondary and disturbed forest, at 800–1800 m.

Food and feeding

Crickets (Orthoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae) and other insects. Found in pairs or small parties, sometimes associating with other species in... read more


Juv in Oct and possible juv in Aug. Evidence from playback of recorded song suggests group territoriality. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Local and uncommon on Mt Kinabalu, and scarce in Kelabit Highlands; common on Mt Dulit. read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Bare-headed Laughingthrush (Garrulax calvus). 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 on 24 February 2020).