Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Barred Laughingthrush (Garrulax lunulatus)


French: Garrulaxe à lunules German: Wellenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán lunado

Janthocincla lunulata

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = western Sichuan, China


Has been treated as conspecific with G. bieti. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. l. lunulatus (J. P. Verreaux, 1871) – S Gansu, S Shaanxi, WC, N & NE Sichuan, NE Chongqing and W Hubei, in EC China.
  • G. l. liangshanensis Li Guiyuan#R et al., 1979 – SC Sichuan, in SC China.
  • Descriptive notes

    24–25 cm; 82 g. Medium-sized, soft-coloured laughingthrush, barred black and buff above, scaled white below, with tail tipped black and white. Nominate race has crown... read more


    Song a loud, clear and rather fluty “chu-whí’u-wu-whu’u”, repeated... read more


    More open broadleaf and mixed broadleaf-coniferous forests, secondary forest, bamboo thickets, at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter; moths (Lepidoptera) reported. Rather quiet and unobtrusive, feeding mostly on ground. read more


    Jun. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA. Relatively uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Barred Laughingthrush (Garrulax lunulatus). 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 26 February 2020).