Alternative name: Grey-breasted Laughingthrush (with jerdoni); White-breasted Laughingthrush
- Trochalopteron fairbanki
20.5cm. A small laughingthrush.
- Dull olive-brown above
- Greyish-brown crown
- Narrow brown eye-stripe
- White supercilium
- Greyish cheek, upper breast and throat
- Rusty-chestnut flanks and vent
- jerdoni with black throat
Asia: Endemic to southwest India. Found in the Nilgiri-Hills in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Restricted-range species, fairly easy to see in certain places like Munnar.
- Southern India (Palni and Anaimalai hills and northern Kerala)
- Hill forests of south-western India (southern Kerala)
Some authorities place jerdoni of Black-chinned Laughingthrush within this species.
Has also variously been placed in genus Strophocincla and formerly Garrulax.
Scrub and secondary forest, thickets along streams in tea and cardamon plantations, sometimes gardens, edges of broadleaf forest. Recorded at 800 - 2135m.
Feeds on insects, berries and fruit.
Forages in undergrowth and low bushes, usually in groups of 6 to 14 birds, sometimes more.
Breeding season from December to June. The nest is a cup made of coarse grasses, moss and bracken leaves. It's placed in a bush or among tall brackens up to 3m high. Lays 2 eggs.
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