Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum)


French: Garrulaxe barré German: Borstenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán barrado

Cinclosoma lineatum


, 1831,

Simla–Almora district, north-west Himalayas, India


Until recently considered conspecific with T. imbricatum, but distinct in many features, with no intergradation despite close geographical proximity; also, most vocalizations differ considerably. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. schachdarense (Stepanyan, 1998) – SE Tajikistan.
  • T. l. bilkevitchi Zarudny, 1910 – SW Tajikistan and adjacent SE Uzbekistan, NE & SE Afghanistan and W Pakistan.
  • T. l. gilgit (E. J. O. Hartert, 1909) – N Pakistan (Chitral E to Hunza, Skardu and Astor, N of Burzil Pass) and adjacent N part of E Afghanistan (Nuristan).
  • T. l. lineatum (Vigors, 1831) – NE Pakistan (S of R Indus) E to N India (Uttarakhand).
  • T. l. setafer (Hodgson, 1836) – Nepal E to Sikkim and N West Bengal (India), and adjacent S China (S Xizang).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; 35–46 g. Small laughingthrush, streaky-brown and grey with dull rufous ear-coverts. Nominate race has crown, neck side and mantle streaked dull rufous-... read more


    Apparent songs of 2–3 types. First (perhaps from male) a very thin, high-pitched whistle... read more


    Bushes and scrub, including brambles (Rubus), the witch-hazel Parrotiopsis... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), small flies (Diptera), and ants (Formicidae); also spiders (Araneae), and berries... read more


    Mar–Oct; multi-brooded. Nest reportedly an outwardly loose, untidy, thick-walled, deep cup (sometimes rather massive), made of coarse... read more


    Resident; some minor altitudinal movements associated with hard winter weather.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally the commonest and most conspicuous laughingthrush in W Himalayas. Widespread and common in Pakistan, including in Palas Valley, in North-... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum). 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).