Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Blue-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron squamatum)


French: Garrulaxe écaillé German: Blauflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán aliazul

Ianthocincla squamata


, 1835,

Sikkim, Himalayas, India


Suggestion of polymorphism appears to relate to sexual differences. Monotypic.


C Nepal E to Bhutan, all NE Indian hill states, W, N & E Myanmar, S China (W & S Yunnan) and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin). Probably N Laos.

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; 70–84 g. Robust, medium-sized, dark-scaled laughing­thrush with black crownstripe, whitish eyes, rusty and blue-white wingpanels and rusty-tipped... read more


Song consists of thin, rather high-pitched rising whistles, of two main types. First type (perhaps... read more


Rather dense understorey and undergrowth of more open broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Usually found in pairs or in small family parties, occasionally singly; in Bhutan, may occur in small... read more


Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly a bulky, compact or loose cup, made of dry bamboo or other leaves, creepers, tendrils, fine twigs, grasses,... read more


Resident; some dispersal to lower elevations in mid-winter noted in Bhutan.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce and local in Nepal. Frequently recorded in Bhutan in C & E valleys; near Zhemgang, density of 0·6 territories/km of road noted at... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Blue-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron squamatum). 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).