Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax chinensis)


French: Garrulaxe à joues blanches German: Weißohrhäherling Spanish: Charlatán golinegro

Lanius (chinensis

) Scopoli

, 1786,

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


Has been considered conspecific with G. nuchalis. Form “lugens” (from Indochina) is a dark morph of nominate race. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. lochmius Deignan, 1941 – S China (SW Yunnan), EC & E Myanmar (S to extreme N Tenasserim), NW & NE Thailand and NW Laos.
  • G. c. propinquus (Salvadori, 1913) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • G. c. chinensis (Scopoli, 1786) – Black-throated Laughingthrush – SE China (SE Yunnan E to Guangxi and C Guangdong), NE, C & S Laos and Vietnam (S to C Annam).
  • G. c. germaini (Oustalet, 1890) – Germain’s Laughingthrush – S Vietnam (S Annam, Cochinchina) and adjacent E Cambodia.
  • Race unknown in S part of E Thailand.

    Descriptive notes

    23–30 cm; 64–113 g. Dark, medium-sized laughingthrush with black on face and throat. Nominate race has forehead, bristly lores and upper submoustachial area black... read more


    Has repetitive, loud, rich, rather mournful, fluty song incorporating harsh, coarse “wraaah... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen and mixed deciduous forest, secondary growth, scrub (including Lantana... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; some plant material and seeds. Usually in pairs or in small parties; flocks of up to twelve or more individuals recorded on Hainan... read more


    Mar–Aug; multi-brooded. Nest a loose cup, made of pieces of rattan, bamboo and other leaves and roots, lined with fine and coarse... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in S China, where recorded in 18 (33%) of 54 surveyed sites, 52 of which are nature reserves; these include Shiwandashan National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Black-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax chinensis). 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 20 November 2017).