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Buffy Laughingthrush

From Opus

Alternative names: Chestnut-winged Laughingthrush; Chinese Rusty Laughingthrush

Photo by James EatonLaojunshan, SW Sichuan, China, August 2002
Photo by James Eaton
Laojunshan, SW Sichuan, China, August 2002
Garrulax berthemyi


[edit] Identification

27 - 29cm. A medium-sized brown laughingthrush:

  • Ochrous brown above and on breast
  • Tail and wings rufous-chestnut
  • Blue orbital and postocular skin
  • Black mask
  • Lower breast and belly grey
  • Pale tail tips

Sexes similar, juveniles are duller than adults.

[edit] Distribution

Southeast China (Yunnan, Sichuan to Guizhou, Hunan, Anhui, Zhejiang and to Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian).
Scarce to fairly common in its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Rusty Laughingthrush and both species with Grey-sided Laughingthrush. All three may form a superspecies.
Placed in genus Dryonastes or in Ianthocincla by some authorities.

[edit] Habitat

Broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo and low ground cover in conifer plantations. Found at 600 - 1800m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, seeds and other vegetable matter.
Usually seen in small groups of up to six birds in undergrowth or middle storey.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season May to July in China. The nest is a bulky cup made of bamboo and other leaves. It's placed in an upright fork of a bush or in bamboo. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.
Resident species.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, August 2011

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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