Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Giant Laughingthrush (Garrulax maximus)


French: Garrulaxe géant German: Riesenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán gigante

Pterorhinus maximus

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = Muping [Paohing], south-east Xizang, China


Has been treated as conspecific with G. ocellatus, and the two appear to intergrade between upper R Subansiri (India) and Tsangpo Valley, in SE Xizang (China). Monotypic.


SW Gansu and SE Qinghai S to SE & E Xizang and N Yunnan, in SC China.

Descriptive notes

30·5–35·5 cm; 105–136 g. Very large dark-capped, chestnut-faced laughingthrush with white spotting above, buffy tan below. Crown and nape are... read more


Song a repetition (with slight variations) of a loud, clear, sweet, quite rich and melodious,... read more


More open broadleaf and mixed broadleaf-coniferous forests, bamboo scrub in broadleaf evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Secretive. Often associates with other laughingthrushes.... read more


May–Aug. A nest in SE Tibet was a shallow cup of small twigs, lined with dry grass and placed 1·2 m above ground in bamboo... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Giant Laughingthrush (Garrulax maximus). 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).