Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Scaly Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron subunicolor)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe modeste German: Goldschuppenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán modesto
Taxonomy:

Tr[ochalopteron]. subunicolor

Blyth

, 1843,

Nepal

.

Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. subunicolor Blyth, 1843 – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (S & SE Xizang).
  • T. s. griseatum (Rothschild, 1921) – N & NE Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • T. s. fooksi (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – SE Yunnan (S China) and extreme N Vietnam (N part of W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25·5 cm; 50–76 g. Medium-sized short-billed dull laughingthrush with heavy dark scaling, yellowish wingpanel. Nominate race has lores sooty, head olive-... read more

    Voice

    Sings with repeated, rather shrill high whistled “whiu-whiiiu” and “whi’ii’i, whi’ii’i”; songs... read more

    Habitat

    Broadleaf evergreen forest with thick undergrowth, secondary growth, bramble (Rubus)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), also centipedes (Chilopoda), snails; also berries, including of... read more

    Breeding

    Apr–Aug. Nest a cup made of grasses and moss, lined with soft bamboo leaves, placed 60–90 cm above ground in bush or sapling.... read more

    Movements

    Resident. In Bhutan clear elevational movements reported, highest breeding elevations vacated... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Local and frequent in C Himalayas in Nepal, becoming fairly common in E; fairly common in Langtang National Park. Scarce in Bhutan, with relatively... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Scaly Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron subunicolor). 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/59632 on 15 December 2017).