Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax monileger)


French: Garrulaxe à collier German: Lätzchenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán acollarado chico

Cinc[losoma]. Monilegera

[sic] Hodgson

, 1836,



Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. m. monileger (Hodgson, 1836) – WC Nepal E to Bhutan, NE Indian states (except E Arunachal Pradesh and adjacent NE Assam), E Bangladesh, W & C Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • G. m. badius Ripley, 1948 – NE India (E & SE Arunachal Pradesh and Patkai Range, in E Assam) and extreme N Myanmar.
  • G. m. stuarti Meyer de Schauensee, 1955 – SE Myanmar (including extreme N Tenasserim) and NW Thailand.
  • G. m. fuscatus E. C. S. Baker, 1918 – NC & C Tenasserim (S Myanmar) and adjacent W Thailand.
  • G. m. schauenseei Delacour & Greenway, 1939 – extreme E Myanmar, N Thailand, N Laos and S China (S Yunnan).
  • G. m. tonkinensis Delacour, 1927 – N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam) and SE China (SE Yunnan, Guangxi).
  • G. m. melli Stresemann, 1923 – SE China (S Hunan, S Jiangxi, S Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong).
  • G. m. schmackeri Hartlaub, 1898 – Hainan.
  • G. m. mouhoti Sharpe, 1883 – SE Thailand, Cambodia, extreme S Laos, and Vietnam (N Annam S to S Annam and N Cochinchina).
  • G. m. pasquieri Delacour & Jabouille, 1924 – C & S Laos and adjacent Vietnam (C Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–31·5 cm; 56–135 g. Large laughingthrush, brown, tan and white, with narrow blackish necklace from ear-coverts across breast, pale eye. Nominate race has... read more


    Not very vocal. Possible song types are a mellow, repeated “u-wi-uu” and more subdued,... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen and deciduous forest, secondary forest, scrub, hedgerows in more open areas;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and their larvae, including millers, ants, snails and small lizards; also berries, small fruits, seeds and green vegetable matter.... read more


    Mar–Aug; multi-brooded. Nest a broad, often shallow cup (very like that of G. pectoralis), made of dry bamboo or other... read more



    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax monileger). 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).