Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Elliot's Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron elliotii)


French: Garrulaxe d’Elliot German: Elliothäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Elliot

Trochalopteron elliotii

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = western Sichuan, China


Has been considered conspecific with T. henrici, although differences considerable; proposed form “gucenense”, from Chayul Valley, in Qamdo (SE Xizang), has been judged to be a hybrid between these two. Proposed races prjevalskii (from E Qinghai and Gansu E to Hubei, S to N Yunnan and W Guizhou) and bonvaloti (from near Lamda, Xizang) regarded as indistinguishable from birds elsewhere in range; and named races do not conform well to intra-species genetic lineages#R. Monotypic.


China from E Qinghai and adjacent N Gansu (SE Qilian Shan) E to SW Nei Monggol (Helan Shan), S to SE Xizang, C Yunnan, W Guizhou, S Shaanxi and W Hubei, and extreme NE India (extreme E Arunachal Pradesh).

Descriptive notes

23–25·5 cm; 40–72 g. Medium-sized long-tailed laughingthrush, grey-brown with pinkish-grey crown, golden-olive wing and tail fringes and chestnut vent.... read more


Song loud, clear and quite high-pitched, usually consisting of 3-note phrases repeated at intervals... read more


Thickets, undergrowth and bamboo at or above timber-line, more open broadleaf forest, mixed... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Occurs singly, in pairs or in small parties, sometimes in... read more


Jun–Sept. Nest reportedly a fairly crude cup made of moss stalks, leaves and other dead vegetation, lined with fine twigs, placed 0... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in China, e.g. at Emei Shan Protected Scenic Area, in Sichuan. Probably rare and local in India.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Elliot's Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron elliotii). 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).