Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Red-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron formosum)


French: Garrulaxe élégant German: Prachthäherling Spanish: Charlatán alirrojo

Trochalopteron formosum

J. P. Verreaux

, 1869,

“le Thibet oriental” = western Sichuan, China


Birds observed in N Guangxi of unknown race; presumably belong with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. formosum J. P. Verreaux, 1869 – N & C Sichuan and extreme NE Yunnan, and NW Guizhou, in SC & S China.
  • T. f. greenwayi (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – S China (SE Yunnan, SW Guangxi) and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    27–28 cm; 83–106 g. Fairly large, dull rufous-brown laughingthrush with silvery grey and black on head and crimson fringing on wings and uppertail; crown feathers... read more


    Song consists of repeated loud, rather thin, clear whistled phrases, “chu-weewu” or slightly rising... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth and scrub near forest, including prickly oak (... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Usually forages in pairs or small parties, on or close to... read more


    Jun–Jul. Young fed by both sexes. No other information.


    Resident. Irregular, minor, local altitudinal movements, particularly during heavy snowfall,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA and Fan Si Pan and Northern Laos Secondary... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Red-winged Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron formosum). 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 22 February 2020).