Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


Travancore Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron meridionale)


French: Garrulaxe du Travancore German: Graubrusthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Travancore

Trachalopteron meridionale


, 1880,

Mynall and Travancore–Tinnevelly boundary, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], south India


Until recently judged to be conspecific with T. fairbanki, but analysis indicates considerable divergence#R; differs in its bold white vs vestigial white central belly to vent (2); distinct broad grey and whitish vs indistinct grey and brown streaks on breast (2); short vs long white supercilium and no narrow white beading on lower eyelid (2); paler, less contrasting crown (ns[1]); colder, greyer upperparts (ns[1]); slightly longer tail in male (effect size 1.52, score 1). Monotypic.


S from Achankovil Gap, in extreme S Kerala and extreme S Tamil Nadu (S of c. 9° N), extreme S India.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Travancore Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron meridionale). 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 17 March 2018).