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Streaked Laughingthrush

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Alternative name: Himalayan Laughingthrush

Nominate subspeciesPhoto by Alok TewariHill Station Nainital, Alt. 6800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, November-2012
Nominate subspecies
Photo by Alok Tewari
Hill Station Nainital, Alt. 6800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, November-2012
Trochalopteron lineatum


[edit] Identification

18 - 20cm (7-7¾ in). A small laughingthrush.

  • Greyish to brownish-grey plumage
  • Narrow shaft-streaks over most of plumage except vent and rump
  • Rufescent ear-coverts, wings and tail edgings
  • Broad pale grey tail-tips beyond black subterminal bands

Subspecies vary in colour (browner or greyer).

[edit] Distribution

A bird from TajikistanPhoto by Askar IsabekovHoja Obigarm, Pamir, Tajikistan, March 2008
A bird from Tajikistan
Photo by Askar Isabekov
Hoja Obigarm, Pamir, Tajikistan, March 2008

Found in the Himalayas and adjacent mountain chains from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and adjacent southern Tibet.
Common in most of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Bhutan Laughingthrush has been considered a subspecies of this species in the past.

This species is sometimes placed in the genus Strophocincla or formerly in Garrulax.

[edit] Subspecies

Four[1] to five subspecies recognized:

[edit] Habitat

Bushes and scrub on hillsides and open forest, forest edge, around human habitation, field borders, gardens. Found from 1400m to 3900m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Will occasionally also take breadcrumbs.
Very conspicuous and a garden bird in many towns and villages, especially in the western Himalaya. Forages on the ground in pairs or small groups of 3 to 6 birds.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from March to October. The nest is a loose, untidy cup made of coarse dry grasses, fine plant stems, dead leaves, plant bark, creepers, dry twigs, fern and moss. It's placed in a thick bush or low in a tree, sometimes also in grass or even in honeysuckle on house verandah. Lays 2 - 4 eggs. The nest is often parasitized by Jacobin Cuckoo, Large Hawk-Cuckoo and Indian Cuckoo.

[edit] Movements

Resident species with some altitudinal movements in harsh winters.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft above MSL, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2015
Song and call given by one individual at the beginning of the nesting season.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. 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
  4. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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