Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


Sumatran Mesia (Leiothrix laurinae)


French: Léiothrix de Sumatra German: Sumatrasonnenvogel Spanish: Leiótrix de Sumatra

Leiothrix laurinae


, 1879,

Mt Singgalang [00°24’ S, 100°20’ E], western Sumatra


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. argentauris, but differs in its dull coppery-red vs dull orange-yellow throat and breast in female (3); rich coppery-red vs strong ochre undertail-coverts in female (3); dull coppery-red vs orange-ochre hindcollar and upper mantle in both sexes (ns[1]); dull brownish vs pale yellowish-olive belly (2); more olive, less grey lower mantle, back and wing-coverts (ns[1]); longer wings and tail but not bill (effect size for male wing 2.0, score 2). Single available recording suggests only minor vocal difference#R; iris colour pale yellow in nominate but dark in race rookmakeri. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. l. rookmakeri (Junge, 1948) – highlands of N Sumatra (Aceh).
  • L. l. laurinae Salvadori, 1879 – highlands of Sumatra (except N).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Sumatran Mesia (Leiothrix laurinae). 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 20 March 2018).