French: Garrulaxe à poitrine tachetée German: Fleckenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán pechipinto
Cherrapunji, Khasi Hills, Assam [= Meghalaya], India
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. merulinus
Blyth, 1851 – NE India (SE Arunachal Pradesh S to Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur), W & N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
G. m. laoensis
Meyer de Schauensee, 1938 – NW Thailand.
G. m. obscurus
Delacour & Jabouille, 1930 – SE Yunnan (China), N Laos and N Vietnam (N Tonkin).
25–26 cm. Medium-sized brown laughingthrush with pronounced blackish-brown spots on buffish-white throat and breast. Nominate race has crown and upperparts,... read more
Song loud, rich and melodious, a remarkable, prolonged, rambling series of rich musical phrases,... read more
Understorey shrubbery and edge of broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo, densely overgrown abandoned... read more
Food and feeding
No information on diet. Found singly, in pairs or in family groups. Forages on or near ground; unobtrusive, shy and very skulking.
Apr–Jul. Nest described as a fairly strong and compact, rather shallow cup, made of moss, roots, grass, leaves and fern fronds, lined... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon to scarce. Generally uncommon in India, but locally not uncommon in Assam; rare in Namdapha National Park, in Arunachal Pradesh. Rare... read more
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