Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-whiskered Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron morrisonianum)


French: Garrulaxe du Morrison German: Weißbarthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Morrison

Trochalopterum morrisonianum


, 1906,

Mount Morrison, Taiwan


Has been considered conspecific with T. affine or T. henrici, but basis for such treatments weak. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; mean 75 g. Fairly large laughingthrush, dark rufous-brown and grey with olive-gold wingpanel, white submoustachial stripe, and vague whitish scaling on... read more


Song a rich clear whistle, “wit-chí’wi” or “wip chí’rri... read more


Undergrowth and lower tree stratum in coniferous forest, mixed broadleaf deciduous and coniferous... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insects, berries, seeds and flower petals. Consumes more invertebrates and flower petals and takes larger food items (1–6... read more


Mar–Aug. Monogamous. Nest a cup made of grass blades, stems and roots, lined with rootlets, decorated with a few small leaves, placed... read more


Resident. Minor altitudinal movements recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Fairly common within elevational range; commoner, or more visible, in coniferous zones. In Yushan... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). White-whiskered Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron morrisonianum). 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 21 May 2019).