Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Black Laughingthrush (Garrulax lugubris)


French: Garrulaxe noir German: Trauerhäherling Spanish: Charlatán negro

Timalia lugubris

S. Müller

, 1836,



Formerly treated as conspecific with G. calvus. Monotypic.


Extreme S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

25·5–27 cm. Medium-sized blackish laughingthrush with bare bluish-white postocular patch and heavy orange-red bill. Crown, face and upper throat are glossy black... read more


Song, typically by at least two birds at once, consists of amazing loud hollow whooping “huup... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, disturbed forest, forest edge, treefall light-gaps, secondary growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including curculionid and other beetles, ants (Formicidae), grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), and caterpillars; also spiders... read more


Oct–Apr. One nest was a bulky cup made of vegetable fibres and leaves, loose and ragged outer layer decorated with green moss and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Generally uncommon in S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia; fairly common at... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Black Laughingthrush (Garrulax lugubris). 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).