Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Moustached Laughingthrush (Garrulax cinereiceps)


French: Garrulaxe de Styan German: Grauscheitelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán ceniciento oriental

Trochalopteron cinereiceps


, 1887,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. cineraceus, but differs in its dull grey-brown vs black crown (3); warmer, darker upperparts (1); dull chestnut supercilium and ear-coverts with no postocular black streak (3); and pale vinous vs buffy-whitish throat, submoustachial area and breast (ns[1]). Width of zone of hybridization with strenuus unknown (score at least 1), and taxonomic status of SC & SW Sichuan populations (and perhaps elsewhere) awaiting clarification (presumed here to belong with present species). Monotypic.

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C & E China from S Gansu and S Shaanxi E to S Jiangsu, W Shanghai, Fujian and N Guangdong, and S to S & SE Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi; also recorded in adjacent N Vietnam (Trung Khanh district#R).

Introduced in Japan (Shikoku I#R).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Eastern Moustached Laughingthrush (Garrulax cinereiceps). 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 19 November 2017).