Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


Nilgiri Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron cachinnans)


French: Garrulaxe des Nilgiri German: Zimtbrusthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de los Nilgiri
Other common names: Black-chinned Laughingthrush (when considered conspecific with T. jerdoni)

C[rateropus]. cachinnaus

[sic] Jerdon

, 1839,

Nilgiri Hills, India


Until very recently treated as conspecific with T. jerdoni and before that with T. fairbanki including T. meridionale. Monotypic.


Nilgiri Hills (W Tamil Nadu and adjacent NE Kerala), in SW India.

Descriptive notes

20·5 cm. Small laughing­thrush, dull bronzy brown above, dull rufous below, with blackish face and throat and bold white supercilium. Nominate race has crown dark... read more


Songs of several types: one a long, rising, crescendoing series of short, worried-sounding, nasal... read more


Broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, especially “shola” forest (formations in... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; also nectar, flowers, fruits and berries, including those of brambles (Rubus) and Rhodomyrtus tomentosa... read more


Jan–Jul. Nest a bulky but compact, sometimes externally untidy, usually deep cup, made of roots, dead leaves, leaf skeletons, small... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED (nominate race only; taxonomic rearrangement, with jerdoni now included in present species, necessitates new assessment, which would probably reduce... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). Nilgiri Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron cachinnans). 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 19 January 2018).