Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus)


French: Garrulaxe mitré German: Spiegelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán mitrado
Other common names: Spectacled Laughingthrush

Timalia mitrata

S. Müller

, 1836,



Until recently treated as conspecific with G. treacheri. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. m. major (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • G. m. mitratus (S. Müller, 1836) – Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–24 cm. Medium-sized dull grey laughingthrush with yellow bill and legs, white eyering, chestnut on head and vent and bold white wing flash. Nominate race has lores,... read more


    Song fairly subdued but clear and quite shrill, phrases consisting of 3–5 notes, “wi,... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, forest edge, disturbed and secondary forests and adjoining cultivation... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including cassidid and tenebrionid beetles, cockroaches (Blattodea), grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), earwigs (Dermaptera... read more


    Mar–May in Peninsular Malaysia and Feb–Mar in Sumatra. Nest in one instance a shallow but solid cup of roots and fibres, placed... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Formerly common in Peninsular Malaysia, where present in Cameron Highlands, Bukit Fraser and Taman Negara... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Robson, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus). 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 27 February 2020).