French: Garrulaxe à tête rousse German: Rotscheitelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán coronicastaño
Other common names:
Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Subspecies and Distribution
T. e. erythrocephalum
(Vigors, 1832) – Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush – W Himachal Pradesh E to Uttarakhand, in N India.
T. e. kali
(Vaurie, 1953) – W & C Nepal.
T. e. nigrimentum
Oates, 1889 – Black-eared Laughingthrush – E Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, N Assam) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
24–26 cm; 65–90 g. Medium-sized, olive-grey laughingthrush with chestnut crown, black throat, heavy black scaling on mantle and light black scaling on breast,... read more
Songs of nominate race described as quick, clear, wiry, emphatic, and consisting of 1–2... read more
Understorey, dense undergrowth and bamboo in broadleaf evergreen, pine and mixed forests, dwarf... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and ants (Formicidae) and their larvae and pupae, snails, leeches; also berries,... read more
Apr–Oct. Nest a substantial, rather neat, deep cup, made of dead leaves, dry grasses, fern fronds, fine twigs, creepers, herb stems,... read more
Resident; minor altitudinal displacements in Bhutan, where lowest elevations reached Nov–Feb... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Generally common. Extinct in Pakistan, where one 19th-century record. Common and fairly widespread in Nepal. Abundant throughout temperate zone in Bhutan. In... read more
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