Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey Laughingthrush (Garrulax maesi)


French: Garrulaxe de Maës German: Maeshäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Maës

Dryonastes Maesi


, 1890,

Tam Dao Mountains, Tonkin, Vietnam


Formerly treated as conspecific with G. castanotis. Birds in NE of range described as race grahami, but inseparable from individuals elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


SE China (SC Sichuan, extreme NE & SE Yunnan, N & SE Guizhou, Guangxi, N Guangdong) and N Vietnam (NW & E Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

28–30·5 cm; 107–118 g. Plain dull grey laughingthrush with black face, white behind ear-coverts and dull brownish breast. Forehead and narrow superciliary... read more


Sudden outbursts of extended, very loud cackling laughter, typically involving combination of rapid... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, at 380–1700 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Always in flocks of up to ten or more individuals; sometimes in association with bird waves, which may include... read more


Apr–May in China. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Moderately common in S China, where recorded in 12 (22%) of 54 sites surveyed, 52 of which are nature reserves; these include Shiwandashan National Nature... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Grey Laughingthrush (Garrulax maesi). 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 26 February 2020).