Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey-sided Laughingthrush (Garrulax caerulatus)


French: Garrulaxe à flancs gris German: Grauflankenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán flanquigrís

Cinc[losoma]. Cærulatus


, 1836,



Closely related to G. berthemyi and G. poecilorhynchus; in the past all three were treated as conspecific. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. caerulatus (Hodgson, 1836) – C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh except SE).
  • G. c. subcaerulatus A. O. Hume, 1878 – Meghalaya and adjacent S Assam, in NE India.
  • G. c. livingstoni Ripley, 1952 – SE Arunachal Pradesh S to N Manipur (NE India) and adjacent NW Myanmar.
  • G. c. latifrons (Rothschild, 1926) – extreme NE Myanmar and adjacent S China (NW Yunnan).
  • G. c. kaurensis (Rippon, 1901) – E Myanmar and adjacent W Yunnan.
  • Introduced to Hawaii (Oahu)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    27–29 cm; 79–99 g. Fairly large laughingthrush, rich brown above and whitish below, with grey flanks and black face. Nominate race has crown to upperwing chestnut... read more


    Sings with clear, loud, high, spaced whistled phrases, “wii’u..wii’u..wiii-uu.... read more


    Dense undergrowth, including bamboo thickets in broadleaf evergreen forest, scrub, sometimes... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries, seeds and other vegetable matter; presumably also invertebrates. Found outside breeding season in parties of 3–15 or more... read more


    Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly a large, compact, rather shallow to deep cup, made of bamboo leaves, broad grass leaves, coarse grasses,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in C & E Nepal. Frequent in Bhutan, but patchy or at relatively low densities, e.g. 1 pair over 4·5 km of road at 1600–1900... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Grey-sided Laughingthrush (Garrulax caerulatus). 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).