Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Orange-breasted Laughingthrush (Garrulax annamensis)


French: Garrulaxe du Langbian German: Orangebrusthäherling Spanish: Charlatán pechinaranja

Stactocichla merulina annamensis

Robinson and Kloss

, 1919,

Dran [11°49’ N, 108°38’ E], Annam, Vietnam


Until recently regarded as conspecific with G. merulinus. Monotypic.


Langbian Plateau in S Annam, S Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

24–25 cm. Medium-sized laughingthrush with brown upperparts and flanks, blackish throat, orange-rufous supercilium and underparts with neatly black-streaked breast. Has... read more


Song loud, rich and melodious, of rich musical phrases in prolonged rambling series, with much... read more


Undergrowth and edge of broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo clumps, densely overgrown abandoned... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages singly, in pairs or in family groups, on or near ground; unobtrusive, shy and very skulking.


Three specimens with regressing gonads in Mar. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Uncommon to locally common within very small range. Present in Thuong Da Nhim and Chu Yang Sin Nature Reserves.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Orange-breasted Laughingthrush (Garrulax annamensis). 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 24 February 2020).