Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush (Garrulax treacheri)


French: Garrulaxe de Treacher German: Kastanienkappenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Treacher

Ianthocincla treacheri


, 1879,

Kinabalu, north Borneo


Until recently considered conspecific with G. mitratus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. t. treacheri (Sharpe, 1879) – N Borneo (Sabah).
  • G. t. damnatus (Harrisson & Hartley, 1934) – NC Borneo (E Sarawak and adjacent NE Kalimantan).
  • G. t. griswoldi (J. L. Peters, 1940) – Mt Batu Tibang (Sarawak–Kalimantan border), in C Borneo.
  • Race unknown in W & SE Borneo (SW Sarawak and SE Kalimantan).

    Descriptive notes

    22–24 cm. Nominate race has chin, area around bill base, lores, narial feathering and supercilium chestnut, forehead, forecrown and area from chin to below eye darker... read more


    Song a fluty, sometimes quite high-noted series of phrases with lower, slightly clicky introductory... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), ants (Formicidae), earwigs (Dermaptera), caterpillars, moths (Lepidoptera), leafhoppers (... read more


    Feb–Apr and Oct. Nest a loose cup of grass stems, tendrils, dead leaves and roots with no inner lining, with outer layer of leaf... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Abundant in mountains of Borneo. Common in Sabah, including in Mount Kinabalu National Park; present in Kayan Mentarang National Park, in E Kalimantan.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush (Garrulax treacheri). 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 24 February 2020).