Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Wynaad Laughingthrush (Garrulax delesserti)


French: Garrulaxe de Delessert German: Rostflankenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Delessert

C[rateropus]. Delesserti


, 1839,

Kotagiri, Nilgiri Hills, India


In the past commonly considered conspecific with G. gularis. Monotypic.


SW India from Goa and NW Karnataka (Belgaum) S to Kerala and W Tamil Nadu.

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm; 78 g. Crown and rear superciliary area to mantle are dark slaty grey, scapulars, back, upperwing-coverts and tertials dull chestnut-brown, shading to rich... read more


Songs include loud, strident, musical, falling, “tsééúrp (repeated irregularly in chorus with other... read more


Broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forest (including Strobilanthes), thorny cane-... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly insects, also berries and seeds. Found in flocks of 6–15 and sometimes up to 40–50 individuals. Forages mostly on ground... read more


Dec–Sept. Probably co-operative breeder. Nest described as smallish cup and as rather bulky, almost semi-domed cup, made of grass,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Uncommon to common throughout range; present in Mudumalai National Park, in Tamil Nadu. In... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Wynaad Laughingthrush (Garrulax delesserti). 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).