Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax pectoralis)


French: Garrulaxe à plastron German: Brustbandhäherling Spanish: Charlatán acollarado grande

Ianthocincla pectoralis


, 1836,



Geographical variation mainly clinal. Proposed race melanotis (E Himalayas E to N Myanmar) considered part of cline and merged with nominate. Form named pingi (C Yunnan, in S China) represents presumed hybrid between nominate and robini. Birds in SW Guangxi (S China) not assigned to race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. pectoralis (Gould, 1836) – C Nepal E to Bhutan, all NE Indian states, E Bangladesh, N, C & W Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • G. p. subfusus Kinnear, 1924 – SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
  • G. p. robini Delacour, 1927 – extreme E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).
  • G. p. picticollis Swinhoe, 1872 – EC, E & SE China (E Gansu and C & S Shaanxi E to N Hubei, S Jiangsu and NE Zhejiang, S to C Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong).
  • G. p. semitorquatus Ogilvie-Grant, 1900 – Hainan.
  • Nominate race introduced to Hawaii (Kauai)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    26·5–34·5 cm; 105–170 g. Very like G. monileger, but larger, eye dark, necklace often bolder, dark primary coverts. Nominate race has crown... read more


    Apparent song types include repeated, clear, ringing, slightly descending and diminishing sequence... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest and mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest, secondary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly insects; also some fruits. In Hong Kong study, of ten faecal samples Aug–May, seven contained insects, and all contained fruit... read more


    Feb–Aug; multi-brooded. Nest a large, broad, bulky, rather shallow cup or saucer, made of dead bamboo or other leaves, roots, moss,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Local and uncommon in Nepal, becoming more frequent farther E. Occasionally recorded resident in foothills and C & E valleys in Bhutan, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax pectoralis). 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 January 2020).