Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Masked Laughingthrush (Garrulax perspicillatus)


French: Garrulaxe masqué German: Maskenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán enmascarado

[Turdus] perspicillatus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Amoy, Fujian, China


Has sometimes been placed in genus Dryonastes. Monotypic.


E & SE China in S Shaanxi, S Shanxi and N Henan, and from SC Sichuan E to Shanghai, and SE Yunnan E to Fujian and Guangdong; also Vietnam (S to C Annam).

Introduced in Japan (Honshu)#R.

Descriptive notes

28–31·5 cm; 100–132 g. Large laughingthrush, dull plain grey-brown above and greyish-buff below, with greyish head and large blackish mask. Forehead, lores... read more


Song a noisy set of grunting, chuckling and babbling notes. Typical calls include loud “jhew... read more


Scrub and woodland, cultivated areas, often near villages, thickets, bamboo, reeds, hedgerows;... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), grubs, and snails, also seeds and fruit; group once observed attempting to kill frog.... read more


Mar–Aug; multi-brooded. May be co-operative breeder. Nest a large, crude, untidy cup, made of sticks, weed and grass stems, bamboo... read more


Resident. Minor altitudinal movements reported require substantiation.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. In China, at least formerly abundant in Yangtze Valley, and abundant and widespread in Hong Kong. Present in Maoershan Nature Reserve... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Masked Laughingthrush (Garrulax perspicillatus). 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 26 February 2020).