Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Striated Laughingthrush (Grammatoptila striata)


French: Grammatoptile strié German: Streifenbülbülhäherling Spanish: Charlatán estriado

Garrulus [sic] striatus


, 1831,

Naini Tal, Kumaon, Uttar Pradesh, India


Commonly placed in genus Garrulax, but molecular data confirm present arrangement#R. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. striata (Vigors, 1831) – Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in N India.
  • G. s. vibex (Ripley, 1950) – W & EC Nepal.
  • G. s. sikkimensis Ticehurst, 1924 – E Nepal E to EC Bhutan.
  • G. s. brahmaputra (Hachisuka, 1953) – E Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), and adjacent S China (SE Xizang) and N Myanmar.
  • G. s. cranbrooki Kinnear, 1932 – N & NE Myanmar and adjacent S China (NW Yunnan).
  • Descriptive notes

    29·5–34 cm; 123–148 g. Large, bulky laughingthrush, brown with thin white streaks, bushy crest and stout bill. Nominate race has crown chestnut, with... read more


    Song a repeated loud, vibrant, rolling “prrrit-you, prrit-pri-prii’u”; described also as “whit,... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary forest, scrub-jungle, thickets, bamboo and wooded patches... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera); berries and seeds, including bramble (Rubus lineatus), aromatic wintergreens (... read more


    Apr–Aug. Nest a broad, usually shallow, strongly made cup, of coarse grasses, twigs, creeper stems, rootlets, dead leaves, green moss... read more


    Resident; alleged altitudinal movements in winter near Dehra Dun (N India) require substantiation.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in Nepal. Abundant and widespread in Bhutan, where density of 5 territories/km of road recorded at 1600–1900 m, and present in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Striated Laughingthrush (Grammatoptila striata). 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).