Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Hainan Laughingthrush (Garrulax monachus)


French: Garrulaxe moine German: Hainanhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Hainan

Garrulax monachus


, 1870,



Until recently considered conspecific with G. chinensis, but split prompted by molecular evidence#R although comparisons failed to include G. c. germaini, the closest in plumage colour; differs from latter in its black vs white ear-coverts, lower face and submoustachial area (4); all-darkish-brown underparts with no hint of mid-grey on belly (1); notably smaller size (effect size for male wings –2.82, score 2). Monotypic.

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Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Hainan Laughingthrush (Garrulax monachus). 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 20 November 2017).