Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Sunda Laughingthrush (Garrulax palliatus)


French: Garrulaxe mantelé German: Schieferhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de la Sonda

[Janthocincla] palliata


, 1850,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. palliatus (Bonaparte, 1850) – mountains of Sumatra.
  • G. p. schistochlamys Sharpe, 1888 – mountains of N & NC Borneo. Also claimed from Gunung Palung National Park (SW Borneo)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    24–25 cm. Dull slate-grey medium-sized laughingthrush with black face and dull chestnut back and wings. Nominate race has crown to mantle dull slate-grey, lower mantle... read more


    Flock “songs” start gently with “yieu, yieu” (sometimes interspersed with... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, sometimes secondary growth but with preference for primary forest; at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), mantids; also seeds and other vegetable matter, including... read more


    Mar–Apr in Sumatra and Dec–Mar in N Borneo (Sabah). Evidence from playback of recorded song suggests group territoriality. Nest... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA and Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Sunda Laughingthrush (Garrulax palliatus). 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).