French: Garrulaxe masqué German: Maskenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán enmascarado
J. F. Gmelin
Amoy, Fujian, China
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).
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, area... read more
Song a noisy set of grunting, chuckling and babbling notes. Typical calls include loud “jhew” or “... 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
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