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22 - 25cm. A robust, medium-sized laughingthrush.
Males are colder brown with broader scales, females more rufescent. Juveniles more rufescent than female with weak scaling above and none below.
 Similar species
Scaly Laughingthrush is more olive overall with prominent yellow in wings and tail.
Dense understorey and undergrowth in more open broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub and bamboo. Often near streams. Found at 900m to 2440m, locally lower.
Feeds on insects, berries and seeds.
Breeding season from April to July. The nest is a bulky cup made of dry bamboo or other leaves, creepers, tendrils, fine twigs, grasses, roots and moss. It's placed around 1.5m above the ground in a bush or tangle of creepers. Lays 2 - 4 eggs. Brood parasitism by Chestnut-winged Cuckoo reported.
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