Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush (Garrulax nuchalis)


French: Garrulaxe à nuque marron German: Rotnackenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán nuquipardo

Garrulax nuchalis


, 1876,

Lhota, Naga Hills, Nagaland, India


Has been treated as conspecific with G. chinensis. Monotypic.


NE India (SE Arunachal Pradesh S to SE & E Assam and Nagaland) and N Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm. Medium-sized laughingthrush with dark grey-blue crown, chestnut mantle and neck side, and black face and broad mesial stripe offset by whitish from ear-... read more


Song very like that of G. chinensis, includes variety of mellow whistles, alternating... read more


Second growth, thickets, scrub-jungle, rocky scrub-clad ravines, tall grass, bamboo, overgrown... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including ants (Formicidae). Found in small parties, sometimes in company with other laughingthrushes. Forages mainly on ground,... read more


Mar–Jul. Nest reportedly a neat and compact cup, outer part made of bracken, internal part of dead leaves and broad grass blades,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in (and responsible for defining) Northern Myanmar Lowlands Secondary Area.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush (Garrulax nuchalis). 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).