Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Laughingthrush (Garrulax gularis)


French: Garrulaxe à queue rousse German: Roststeißhäherling Spanish: Charlatán culirrufo

Ianthocincla gularis


, 1840,

Cachar, or possibly Sadiya, Assam, India


See remarks under G. delesserti. Birds from Laos described as race auratus, but considered inseparable from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


SE Bhutan, NE Indian hill states and N Myanmar; also N & C Laos and adjacent N Annam (Vu Quang), in Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

23–25·5 cm. Medium-sized longish-billed skulking laughingthrush, grey on crown and flanks, rusty brown on upper­parts and thighs, with black mask and... read more


Flocks utter harsh rattling churrs interspersed with rather nasal, discordant, high-pitched... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub, sometimes bamboo; 90–1220 m in NE India... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly insects, also berries and seeds. Found in quite vocal flocks of 6–15 and sometimes up to 40–50 individuals; sometimes... read more


Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly a bulky, shallow, rather untidy cup, made of tendrils, twigs, creepers and roots, lined with black fern and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare in E Bhutan (at W edge of species’ range). Status in India poorly understood, but locally not uncommon in Assam and fairly common in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Rufous-vented Laughingthrush (Garrulax gularis). 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).