Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


Golden-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron ngoclinhense)


French: Garrulaxe du Ngoc Linh German: Goldflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán alidorado

Garrulax ngoclinhensis

J. C. Eames et al.

, 1999,

Mount Ngoc Linh, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam


Closely related to T. erythrocephalum complex and has been treated as conspecific with T. erythrocephalum sensu lato, but is strongly distinct, differing from morphologically closest form T. melanostigma connectens in its dark grey vs greyish-olive mantle to rump and underparts (2); rusty-tinged dark grey vs dull chestnut throat (2); rusty-golden vs dirty metallic yellow outerwebs to remiges and fringes to rectrices (2); shorter bill, tarsus and notably wing but longer tail#R (allow 2); song with short single vs longer multiple notes (4)#R. Monotypic.


Mt Ngoc Linh and Mt Ngoc Boc, in C highlands of C Annam, Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

27 cm. Medium-sized, dark grey, faintly scaly-breasted laughingthrush with chestnut crown and broad golden wing fringing. Forehead is dark grey with maroon tinge, forecrown... read more


Song undescribed. Only documented call is a double-noted, rather cat-like mewing “rr’... read more


Understorey and bamboo in primary upper montane broadleaf evergreen forest (canopy height 10–... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; probably invertebrates from leaf litter. So far noted only singly or in pairs; has been seen to associate with ... read more


Male with gonads enlarged in May. No other information.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-rangle species: present in Kontum Plateau Secondary Area (which now becomes a full EBA with discovery also of Actinodura sodangorum). Uncommon... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Golden-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron ngoclinhense). 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 21 February 2020).