Alternative names: Plain-coloured Laughingthrush; Plain Laughingthrush
- Trochalopteron subunicolor
23 - 25.5 cm. A medium-sized, dull laughingthrush.
- Dusky olive plumage entirely scaled with black
- Head slatier with obscured scales
- Striking golden panels in wings and tail-sides
- Dark shortish bill
Juveniles are warmer coloured and less distinctive scaled.
 Similar species
Can be confused with Blue-winged Laughingthrush but lacks chestnut-and-dark wing and tail patterns of the latter.
Found in the Himalayas from central Nepal east over Bhutan and northeast India to north Burma, southern China and extreme north Vietnam.
Common in parts of its range.
Three subspecies recognized:
- T. s. subunicolor from central Nepal to northeast India and adjacent Tibet
- T. s. griseatum in north and northeast Burma and south China (Yunnan)
- T. s. fooksi in south China (Yunnan) and northern Vietnam
This species is sometimes placed in the genus Garrulax.
Braodleaf evergreen forest with thick undergrowth, secondary growth, bramble and rhododendron thickets, bamboo. Found from 1500m to 4000m.
Feeds on insects, snails and berries. Also noted at flowers.
Forages on or near the ground, usually not very shy. Seen in pairs or groups of up to 10 or more birds.
Breeding season from April to August. The nest is a cupe made of grass and moss. It's placed close to the ground in a bush or sapling. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
Resident species with some elevational movement.
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