French: Garrulaxe ocellé German: Waldhäherling Spanish: Charlatán ocelado
Himalayas = Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Subspecies and Distribution
G. o. griseicauda
Koelz, 1950 – N India (Uttarakhand) and W Nepal.
G. o. ocellatus
(Vigors, 1831) – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (S & SE Xizang).
G. o. maculipectus
Hachisuka, 1953 – N Myanmar and S China (W & NW Yunnan).
G. o. artemisiae
(David, 1871) – EC China (S Gansu S to WC Sichuan and extreme NE Yunnan; W Hubei).
30–33 cm; 104–136 g. Very large dark-capped laughingthrush with scaly pattern. Nominate race has crown to nape matt-black, neck side, mantle, back and scapulars... read more
Song consists of repeated rich mellow fluty phrases, e.g. “wu-it, wu-u, wu-u, wi-u, wi-u... read more
Undergrowth in high-elevation forest, light open mixed forest with undergrowth, thick rhododendron... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, fruit and seeds; diet appears almost entirely vegetarian, but nestlings fed with insects. Inconspicuous. Keeps in pairs and in... read more
May–Jun in India and Xizang (S China). Nest reportedly a large, loose cup, made of twigs, dry grasses, bamboo leaves, roots, moss and... read more
Resident; winter dispersal to lower elevations reported from Bhutan.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Nepal, including in Langtang National Park. Frequent in Bhutan, but usually singly or with very few together. Fairly common in India... read more
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