Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax galbanus)


French: Garrulaxe à gorge jaune German: Gelbbauchhäherling Spanish: Charlatán goligualdo

Garrulax galbanus


, 1874,

Manipur, India


Very closely related to, and until recently treated as conspecific with, G. courtoisi, but since separation of latter#R present species found also to possess a blue panel on ear-coverts#R and “very distinct differences” in song#R. Monotypic.


NE India (S Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram) and adjacent W Myanmar; reported also from SE Bangladesh.

Descriptive notes

23–24·5 cm; 55–57 g. Superficially similar to G. gularis, but smaller and slimmer, with shorter bill, black chin, ochrous rear upperparts, no... read more


Song loud and melodious, consisting of five equally spaced whistled notes lasting 1·5... read more


Tall grass mixed with trees and shrubs, outskirts of and more open areas within dense broadleaf... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly insects, also small seeds. Found in pairs or in small parties of up to six individuals, sometimes more (as many as 50–80... read more


Apr–Jun in India and Myanmar. Nest a large, roughly made, flattish to deep cup, of grasses, bamboo leaves, creepers, tendrils, fine... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In India, formerly locally not uncommon in Assam; not uncommon in Nagaland in 1990s, when regularly found on sale as food in markets... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Yellow-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax galbanus). 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).