Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax castanotis)


Taxonomy

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

Dryonastes castanotis

Ogilvie-Grant

, 1899,

Five-finger Mountains, Hainan, China

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59590 on 24 November 2017).