Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Bhutan Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron imbricatum)


French: Garrulaxe du Bhoutan German: Braunhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Bután

G[arrulax]. imbricatus


, 1843,



Until recently considered conspecific with T. lineatum, but distinct in many features, with no intergradation despite close geographical proximity; also, most vocalizations differ considerably, and playback of recordings apparently elicits no response. Monotypic.


Bhutan, NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 40–55 g. Small laughingthrush, streaky warm brown with grey ear-coverts. Has crown to mantle and back warm mid-brown with long glossy shafts, these... read more


Songs recall those of T. lineatum but shorter, with introductory notes greatly reduced and... read more


Bushes and long grass, thick scrub bordering cultivation, scrub and thickets in open and secondary... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Occurs in pairs or in small flocks of up to six... read more


Apr–Jun. Nest-building pair in Bhutan (in Apr), disappearing into bracken thicket. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Common in Bhutan; near Zhemgang, density of 0·8 breeding pairs/km of road at 1600–1900 m (probably in suboptimal habitat). Present in and/or near... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Bhutan Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron imbricatum). 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).