Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Malay Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron peninsulae)


French: Garrulaxe de Malaisie German: Malaienhäherling Spanish: Charlatán malayo

Trochalopterum peninsulæ


, 1887,

Larut Range, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia


Until recently, this species and T. chrysopterum, T. melanostigma and sometimes T. ngoclinhense were regarded as conspecific with T. erythrocephalum; those splits were made with prototype version of Tobias criteria, and are re-scored here. Differs from geographically and morphologically closest T. melanostigma and T. ngoclinhensis in having throat to belly plain chestnut-brown (richest on throat, becoming browner on lower flanks, thighs and vent) (3); mantle and scapulars to uppertail-coverts plain dull chestnut-brown (2); crown maroon-chestnut (ns[1]); reduced silvery delineation of ear-coverts (ns[1]); white eyering (2). Monotypic.


Extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

Descriptive notes

25·5–26·5 cm; 58–72 g. Top of head is maroon-chestnut, edged slightly blackish on lores and superciliary area to above eye, with postocular... read more


Sings with clear and far-carrying “wip-weeoo” or “wiw-weeoo” and similar (... read more


Understorey and bamboo in broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub and grass, from 1065... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous, consuming beetles (Coleoptera) and grubs; seeds also eaten. Typically in pairs or in parties of 4–5 individuals... read more


Jan–May. Nest a sturdy deep cup made of dry leaves, bryophytes, plant fibres and rootlets, lined with fine fibres, placed up to 1... read more



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Common within rather restricted range; common e.g. at Bukit Fraser and in Taman Negara National Park at Mt Tahan.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Malay Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron peninsulae). 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 February 2020).