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Alternative name: Collared Laughingthrush
This species is sometimes placed in the genus Ianthocincla.
Clements2 accepts three subspecies:
Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush was formerly included as subspecies. Furthermore some authorities don't accept the remaining subspecies and treat this species as monotypic. The described subspecies laetus from China is usually not treated as valid.1
Broadleaf evergreen forest, deciduous forest, coniferous forest, also secondary growth and scrub. Has been recorded in fields. Breeds mainly above 1200 m.1
Feeds on insects, however outside the breeding season the birds take also seeds and berries. Feeds mainly on ground. Usually encountered in groups of 6â€“15 birds, in winter sometimes more. Often found with other species in bird-waves, including other Laughingthrushes.1
Breeding season is from March to July. The nest is placed in a bush or on a horizontal tree branch, usually 1 to 4 m above ground. It's a shallow saucer made with dry grass, dead bamboo, leaves, twigs and roots. They lay 2â€“4 eggs.1
The species is resident, although some altitudinal movement occurs. In Bhuthan for example they move from 1400â€“3200 m in summer to below 2800 m, sometimes down to 800 m in winter.1
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