Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Laughingthrush (Garrulax sannio)


French: Garrulaxe à sourcils blancs German: Weißwangenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán payaso

Garrulax sannio


, 1867,

interior of Fujian, China


Has recently been treated in genus Dryonastes. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. albosuperciliaris Godwin-Austen, 1874 – S Assam (N Cachar), Nagaland and Manipur, in NE India.
  • G. s. comis Deignan, 1952 – N, NE & E Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos, NW Vietnam (W Tonkin) and S China (W & C Yunnan).
  • G. s. oblectans Deignan, 1952 – SC China (SE Gansu and S Shaanxi S to SW Sichuan and E to W Hubei and N Guizhou).
  • G. s. sannio Swinhoe, 1867 – NE Vietnam (E Tonkin), and SE China from E Yunnan and Guizhou (except N) E to NE Jiangxi and Fujian.
  • Introduced in Japan (C Honshu)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    22–24 cm; 52–83 g. Rather small, dull brown laughingthrush with dark brown crown and area behind eye contrasting with white supercilium looping in front of eye to... read more


    Harsh, shrill, explosive “tcheu” or “tchow” notes, “tcheu…... read more


    Scrub and grass, secondary growth, bamboo thickets, open hillsides covered with bracken and wild... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small molluscs, also grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera); also berries, seeds, rice, oats, and other vegetable matter. Found singly or... read more


    Mar–Aug; multi-brooded. Nest reportedly a fairly compact, thick-walled cup, made of grass, ferns, roots, bamboo and other leaves,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Current status in NE India uncertain, with no recent information. Moderately common to very numerous in S China, where recorded in 12 (22%) of 54... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Robson, C. & de Juana, E. (2020). White-browed Laughingthrush (Garrulax sannio). 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 23 January 2020).