Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis)


French: Garrulaxe à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlhäherling Spanish: Charlatán gorjiblanco

Ianthocincla albogularis


, 1836,



Closely related to and often treated as conspecific with G. ruficeps. Birds from NW Himalayas described as race whistleri, those from SW Sichuan (SC China) as laetus and those in rest of China as eous; distinguishing characters (including mensural differences), however, extremely weak, and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Treated as monotypic.


NE Pakistan (Murree Hills, at least formerly) E to E Uttarakhand, Nepal, Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh), adjacent S & SE Xizang, SC & S China (W, S & extreme NE Yunnan E through C & NE Sichuan to S Gansu, S Shaanxi and W Hubei; reportedly also in Xining region of E Qinghai and NE Hunan) and extreme NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

28–30·5 cm; 78–150 g. Rather large, dull brown laughingthrush with white breast, rufescent-buff lower underparts and broad white tail tips. Has lower... read more


Thin shrill wheezy whistles, e.g. “tsu’ueeeee”, “hiuuuu”, “huiiii” and “hsiii”; gentle “chrrrr”,... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, deciduous forest and coniferous forest, open secondary growth, scrub... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects; outside breeding season also berries and seeds. Gregarious, even in breeding season, occurring in flocks of 6–15... read more


Mar–Jul. Nest a broad shallow saucer to moderately deep cup, made of coarse dry grasses, dead bamboo or other leaves, ivy twigs with... read more


Resident and minor partial altitudinal migrant. In Bhutan moves from 1400–3200 m in summer to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. In Pakistan, rare and local, possibly now extinct. Common and widespread in Nepal. Abundant in Bhutan, where present in Thrumshingla National Park.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis). 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).