Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-necked Laughingthrush (Garrulax strepitans)


French: Garrulaxe bruyant German: Weißhalshäherling Spanish: Charlatán cuelliblanco

Garrulax strepitans


, 1855,

“the mountainous interior of the Tenasserim provinces”, Myanmar


Often treated as conspecific with G. ferrarius, but that species is now known to be closer to G. milleti. Monotypic.


E Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), N & NW Thailand, adjacent NW Laos and S China (S Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

28·5–31·5 cm; 121–142 g. Large dark laughingthrush with rich olive-brown crown, dull dark rufous ear-coverts, blackish-brown face and breast and... read more


Flocks emit sudden, very loud outbursts of cackling laughter, typically combining rapid chattering... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, at 500–1800 m.

Food and feeding

Few data on diet; presumably largely invertebrates, but pair seen to feed on nectar 9–12 m above ground at top of silk-cotton (... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common in SE Asian range. Present in Doi Chiang Dao and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries and Kaeng Krachan National Park, in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). White-necked Laughingthrush (Garrulax strepitans). 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).