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Alternative name: Himalayan Laughingthrush
18 - 20cm (7-7Â¾ in). A small laughingthrush.
Subspecies vary in colour (browner or greyer).
Bhutan Laughingthrush has been considered a subspecies of this species in the past.
Four to five subspecies recognized:
Bushes and scrub on hillsides and open forest, forest edge, around human habitation, field borders, gardens. Found from 1400m to 3900m.
Feeds on insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Will occasionally also take breadcrumbs.
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.
Resident species with some altitudinal movements in harsh winters.
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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.
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