Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Critically Endangered

Bugun Liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum)


French: Garrulaxe des Buguns German: Bugunbunthäherling Spanish: Charlatán Bugun

Liocichla bugunorum


, 2006,

Lama Camp (27°09’27” N, 92°27’39” E), near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India


Genetic data indicate a sister relationship to L. omeiensis#R. Monotypic.


Lama Camp, just outside Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary#R (W Arunachal Pradesh, in NE India).

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Greyish-olive liocichla with black crown, yellow lores and broken supercilium, broad yellow wing patch and red drop-like tips on secondaries and tertials, red tips on... read more


Songs, all fluty and in all of which the initial consonant barely audible, include descending... read more


Heavily disturbed hillsides and ravines with dense shrubbery and small to medium-sized trees left... read more

Food and feeding

Small berries seen taken. Forages on ground, working through low undergrowth, creeping in tangled vines and even clambering on trunks in... read more


Apparently mated and territorial in May, when all those seen have been in twos and responded to playback. Two pairs in one ravine were... read more


Presumed resident; individuals seen in Jan and again in Mar–May in same general area.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Described from feathers and photographs in 2006, when fears about its tiny known population led to decision to release alive the bird designated as... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bugun Liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum). 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).