Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Striped Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron virgatum)


French: Garrulaxe flammé German: Weißschafthäherling Spanish: Charlatán rayado

Trochalopteron virgatum


, 1874,

Razami, Naga Hills, Nagaland, India




S Assam (N Cachar), Nagaland, NE Arunachal Pradesh#R, Manipur and Mizoram, in NE India, and adjacent W Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Fairly small, slim laughingthrush, brown with narrow whitish streaks above, with chestnut wings, buffy-white and rufous face, chestnut throat and whitish-streaked... read more


Song of two types, territorial in function, often given antiphonally by pairs. First type (probably... read more


Thick scrub, fern and grass cover near broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, forest edge,... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects. Generally found singly or in pairs; not so gregarious as some laughingthrushes. Skulking.


Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly a deep, rather neat, stoutly built cup, made of tendrils, creeper stems, dead bamboo and other leaves,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. In India, locally not uncommon in Assam and common resident in Nagaland in 1990s,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Striped Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron virgatum). 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).