Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey Laughingthrush (Garrulax maesi)


Taxonomy

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

Dryonastes Maesi

Oustalet

, 1890,

Tam Dao Mountains, Tonkin, Vietnam

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

Apr–May in China. No other information.

Movements

Resident.

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59591 on 20 November 2017).