Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron erythrocephalum
(aka Garrulax erythrocephalus )
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Drugyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Drugyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
March 2008

The Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush is distributed from northern India and Nepal through the Himalayas to southern China. It is found in dense undergrowth and scrub bordering forest mainly at altitudes from 1,100 to 3,500 metres.

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Drugyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image The race G. e. nigrimentum occurring from eastern Nepal through Bhutan to southern China does not have the chestnut crown that its English name suggests and which occurs in the other races. However, the forehead and nape have chestnut while the rest of the crown is grey with black streaks.

The ear-coverts are black streaked with white and the mantle and breast are scaled with black. The wings and the sides of the tail are olive-yellow
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Drugyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto and there is access to more information on Avibase.
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