Alternative name: Spectacled Laughingthrush
- Garrulax mitratus
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.
Found from extreme south Thailand to peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
Common in parts of its range.
Two subspecies recognized:
Formerly considered conspecific with Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush.
Sometimes placed in genus Rhinocichla or in Ianthocincla.
Moist montanes and forests, disturbed and secondary forest, adjoining cultivation and low growth in old rice fields.
Found at 900 - 3200m.
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.
- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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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