Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Brown-capped Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron austeni)


French: Garrulaxe d’Austen German: Braunkappenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Austen

Trochalopteron Austeni


, 1870,

Hengdang Peak, principal trigonometrical station of observation at head of the Jhiri River, Barail Range, Assam, India


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. austeni Godwin-Austen, 1870 – S Assam (N Cachar), Nagaland and Manipur, in NE India. Records from Khasi Hills (Meghalaya) doubtful#R.
  • T. a. victoriae (Rippon, 1906) – SE Mizoram, NE India, and Chin Hills, in W Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    24 cm; 59–74 g. Medium-sized rich brown laughingthrush with white scales below. Nominate race has crown to nape rich rufous-chestnut with indistinct pale buffy shaft... read more


    Sings with repeated loud clear jolly phrases, including “whit-wee-wi-weeoo”, “... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, including oak and rhododendron forest, secondary forest, forest edge,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and seeds. Found in pairs or in small family parties. Forages mostly on ground, but also in low vegetation; usually shy and... read more


    Apr–Aug. Nest a cup made of roots, leaves, green moss, grasses, tendrils and scraps of bracken frond, lined with rootlets, moss roots... read more


    Resident, so far as known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Data-deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. In India, rare in Assam; in Nagaland, after 50 years... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Brown-capped Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron austeni). 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).