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 (which see) 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. Adult has crown dark brownish grey... 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


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



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Population estimated at 2500–9999 individuals and decreasing, within geographical range of 1620 km... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Christie, D.A. (2020). 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 27 February 2020).