Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax castanotis)


French: Garrulaxe de Hainan German: Rotwangenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán carirrufo

Dryonastes castanotis


, 1899,

Five-finger Mountains, Hainan, China


Formerly treated as conspecific with G. maesi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. varennei (Delacour, 1926) – E Tonkin (Mt Ba Vi) and N & C Annam, in Vietnam, and adjacent E Laos.
  • G. c. castanotis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1899) – Hainan (China).
  • Descriptive notes

    28–30·5 cm; 80–115 g. Fairly large, slaty-grey laughingthrush with rufous-chestnut ear-coverts and blackish face. Nominate race has bristly lores and... read more


    Loud outbursts of extended cackling, typically combining rapid chattering and repetitive double-... read more


    Submontane broadleaf evergreen forest, at 400–1700 m.

    Food and feeding

    Mostly insects. Found in parties of up to ten or more individuals, sometimes associating with other species in bird waves. Forages mainly... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Locally common across range. In Laos, present in Nam Kading National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA), where common in the higher Nam An valley, Nakai-Nam... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax castanotis). 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).