Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-necked Laughingthrush (Garrulax ruficollis)


French: Garrulaxe à col roux German: Rothalshäherling Spanish: Charlatán cuellirrufo

Ianthocincla ruficollis

Jardine and Selby

, 1838,





SC Nepal, Bhutan, all NE Indian states, NE Bangladesh, W, N & NE Myanmar, and adjacent parts of China (SE Xizang, W Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

22–27 cm; 51–73 g. Medium-sized laughingthrush, cold olive-brown above and below, with black face to breast, rufous neck patch and vent, and black tail. Has mid-... read more


Song consists of fairly quickly repeated, jolly whistled phrases, “wiwi’wi-whu, whi-yi-... read more


Broadleaf forest, forest edge, secondary growth, scrub and grass, bamboo-jungle, tall grass and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including ants (Formicidae), also small molluscs; also berries and seeds, including cultivated millet (Pennisetum glaucum... read more


Mar–Aug. Nest described as a rather compact, deep cup, somewhat untidy externally, made of dry bamboo or other leaves, grasses, roots... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very local in Nepal, where recorded mainly, locally frequently, in Royal Chitwan National Park. Frequent in Bhutan, where present in Thrumshingla... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Rufous-necked Laughingthrush (Garrulax ruficollis). 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).