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Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush

From Opus

Photo © by Peter EricssonFraser's Hill, Malaysia, August 2006
Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, August 2006

Alternative name: Spectacled Laughingthrush

Garrulax mitratus


[edit] Identification

22 - 24cm. A medium-sized laughingthrush:

  • Slate grey upperparts, breast and belly
  • Chestnut crown
  • Prominent white eyering
  • Bold white wing flash
  • Bright yellow bill
  • Chestnut on vent

Sexes similar, juveniles are duller and browner than adults.

[edit] Distribution

Found from extreme south Thailand to peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
Common in parts of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

Formerly considered conspecific with Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush.
Sometimes placed in genus Rhinocichla or in Ianthocincla.

[edit] Habitat

Moist montanes and forests, disturbed and secondary forest, adjoining cultivation and low growth in old rice fields.
Found at 900 - 3200m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects. Takes also small snails, fruit, berries and seeds.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups of 4 to 5 birds. Often joins bird waves. Forages in lower and middle storeys.
Breeding season March to May in peninsular Malaysia, February to March in Sumatra. The nest is a shallow cup made of roots and fibres. It's placed 3 - 9m above the ground in a tangle of ferns, hanging down from a tree. Lays 2 eggs. Brood parasitism by Large Hawk-Cuckoo reported.
Resident species.

[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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