French: Garrulaxe d’Austen German: Braunkappenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Austen
Hengdang Peak, principal trigonometrical station of observation at head of the Jhiri River, Barail Range, Assam, India
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.
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
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