Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax vassali)


French: Garrulaxe de Vassal German: Schwarzohrhäherling Spanish: Charlatán cariblanco

Dryonastes vassali


, 1906,

Nhatrang Province, southern Annam, Vietnam




S Laos, S Vietnam (C & S Annam) and adjacent extreme E Cambodia.

Descriptive notes

26·5–28·5 cm. Medium-sized laughingthrush, pale brown above with dark grey head, buffy below with black mask and bib and white lower ear-coverts. Crown is... read more


Probable song (rarely heard) a simple, repeated “whii-u”. Foraging flocks can be very... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest and its edges, secondary growth, sometimes scrub and grass, at 650... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Found in parties of up to 50 or more individuals, although mean group size in one survey 3·31; often in... read more


Mar–Jun in Vietnam. Nest a cup. No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Annamese Lowlands EBA, Da Lat Plateau EBA, Southern Laos Secondary Area and Kontum Plateau Secondary Area. (Last... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). White-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax vassali). 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 24 February 2020).