Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis)


French: Garrulaxe à gorge rousse German: Rostkinnhäherling Spanish: Charlatán golirrufo

Ianthocincla rufogularis


, 1835,

Sikkim, Himalayas, India


Proposed race grosvenori (from W Nepal) synonymized with occidentalis. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. r. occidentalis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1909) – NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in Himalayas to W Nepal.
  • G. r. rufogularis (Gould, 1835) – C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (C Arunachal Pradesh).
  • G. r. rufitinctus (Koelz, 1952) – Meghalaya, in NE India.
  • G. r. rufiberbis (Koelz, 1954) – NE India (SE Arunachal Pradesh), N & NE Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan)#R.
  • G. r. assamensis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1909) – NE Indian hill states S of R Brahmaputra (except Meghalaya), and NW Myanmar.
  • G. r. intensior Delacour & Jabouille, 1930 – NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25·5 cm; 58–73 g. Fairly large, dark-faced laughingthrush, olive-brown with black scales above, greyish-white with black spots below, with rufous chin... read more


    Song a repeated loud, measured, clear, slightly husky “whi-whi-whu-whi” or “whi-whi-whi-whi”, with... read more


    Rather dense undergrowth in broadleaf evergreen forest (including oak and rhododendron forest),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including wasps (Hymenoptera), also berries and seeds. Found in pairs or in small (family) parties. Forages mostly on ground and... read more


    Apr–Sept in India and Bhutan; multi-brooded. Nest reportedly a fairly deep cup, made of creeper tendrils (these seem to be important... read more


    Resident. In Bhutan, all records below 1000 m are during winter, suggesting some altitudinal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Presumed extinct in Pakistan; no records since 19th century (1873). Local and frequent in Nepal. In Bhutan status somewhat difficult to assess, as... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis). 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 26 February 2020).