Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Variegated Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron variegatum)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe varié German: Buntflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán variegado
Taxonomy:

Cinclosoma variegatum

Vigors

, 1831,

Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59637 on 25 May 2019).