Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Red-tailed Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron milnei)


French: Garrulaxe à queue rouge German: Rotschwanzhäherling Spanish: Charlatán colirrojo

Trochalopteron Milnei


, 1874,

western Fujian, China


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. m. sharpei Rippon, 1901 – N & E Myanmar, NW Thailand, N & C Laos, NW Vietnam, and S China (W, S & SE Yunnan, W Guangxi).
  • T. m. sinianum Stresemann, 1930 – SE China (SE Sichuan, N Guizhou, C & NE Guangxi, S Hunan, N Guangdong).
  • T. m. milnei David, 1874 – NW Fujian, in SE China; perhaps extinct#R#R.
  • T. m. vitryi (Delacour, 1932) – S Laos (Bolovens Plateau). Possibly this race in C highlands of Vietnam (C Annam) and adjacent SE Laos.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–28 cm; 66–93 g. Medium-sized dull ochrous-grey laughingthrush with bright rufous-chestnut crown, blackish face, whitish ear-coverts and crimson wings and tail... read more


    Sings with clear loud whistled phrases, e.g. “uuu-weeoo”, “eeoo-wee” or... read more


    Understorey of broadleaf evergreen forest (including dry degraded tracts), dense secondary growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), also small centipedes (Chilopoda); also berries and fruits of Saurauja (Theaceae).... read more


    Apr–Jun. Nest, constructed by both adults, a tidy cup made of bamboo leaves and grasses, lined with roots, placed up to 1 m above... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race apparently rather uncommon and restricted in range; intensive search in 2015 using infrared-triggered cameras failed to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Red-tailed Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron milnei). 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).