Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Vietnamese Cutia (Cutia legalleni)


French: Cutie de Le Gallen German: Wellenbauchalcippe Spanish: Cutia vietnamita

Cutia nipalensis legalleni

Robinson and Kloss

, 1919,

Langbian Peaks, Annam, Vietnam


Formerly treated as conspecific with C. nipalensis. Race hoae known only from male specimens, which are closer to nominate race than to C. nipalensis; if female resembles female of latter, the two species may be better recombined. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. hoae J. C. Eames, 2002 – E part of S Laos and C Vietnam (C Annam).
  • C. l. legalleni Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – S Annam, in Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    17·5–19·5 cm. Male nominate race has forehead to nape dull bluish-tinged slaty grey, broad black mask from bill through eye and ear-coverts to nape,... read more


    Several different song types recorded. Distinctive “wuyeet wu wi wi wi wi woo” (initial... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed broadleaf-pine forest; sometimes pure pine forest but usually... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; also seeds and berries. Creeps along branches and trunks; movements generally rather slow. Occurs in small groups, often with... read more


    Mar–Jun. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally common. Present in Thuong Da Nhim and Chu Yang Sin Nature Reserves, on Da Lat Plateau (S Annam).

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Vietnamese Cutia (Cutia legalleni). 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 26 February 2020).