Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Variegated Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron variegatum)


French: Garrulaxe varié German: Buntflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán variegado

Cinclosoma variegatum


, 1831,

Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. v. nuristani (Paludan, 1959) – NE Afghanistan.
  • T. v. simile A. O. Hume, 1871 – N & NE Pakistan E to N India (N Himachal Pradesh).
  • T. v. variegatum (Vigors, 1831) – S Himachal Pradesh E to Uttarakhand, EC Nepal and adjacent S China (extreme S Xizang).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–26 cm; 57–79 g. Medium-sized olive and buffy laughingthrush with whitish lower face, broad black mesial stripe and grey, black and white wings and tail.... read more


    Song consists of repeated loud, musical, far-carrying whistled phrases, e.g. “weet-a-weer”, “weet-a... read more


    Open forest of fir and birch or oak with dense rhododendron and ringal bamboo growth and bushes;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, fruit and berries. In pairs during breeding season; otherwise in parties of up to 20 or more birds. Forages among bushes and on... read more


    Apr–Aug. Nest described as a rather compact, sometimes untidy, but usually rather shallow cup, made of coarse grasses, dead leaves,... read more


    Resident. Relatively minor altitudinal displacements during harsh winter weather; both nominate... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in Pakistan, and fairly common in Palas Valley, in North-West Frontier Province. Common in Nepal, with significant proportion of world... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Variegated Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron variegatum). 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 27 February 2020).