Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

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 “ydidit” or “yirdrrt”),... 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. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA and Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Fairly common. Occurs in Mount Kinabalu National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). 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 16 November 2018).