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Species of Thailand

White-necked laughingthrush

Garrulax strepitans

Edward Blyth, 1855

In Thai: นกกะรางอกสีน้ำตาลไหม้

The white-necked laughingthrush (Garrulax strepitans) is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae.

It is found in Yunnan, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


The adult white-necked laughingthrush has a chestnut crown, a brownish-black face and throat and a rather diffuse white collar separating these from the body. The general plumage is a pale brownish-grey. The iris is dark, and the bill and legs are grey. It has a distinctive laughing call. It resembles the grey laughingthrush (Garrulax maesi) apart from the darker head.

Distribution and habitat

The white-necked laughingthrush is native to tropical southeastern Asia. Its range includes central and northern Thailand, eastern Myanmar, western Laos and Yunnan province in southwestern China. Its altitudinal range is between 500 and 1800 m -2. It typically occurs in lowland and montane broad-leaved forest and scrubland.


The white-necked laughingthrush has a very wide range and is described as fairly common, apart from in China where it is described as rare. The population trend is probably in decline because of habitat destruction, but the total population is large and the decline is not sufficiently rapid to cause concern. No other threats have been identified and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the bird's conservation status as being of "least concern".

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Garrulax strepitans

Common names

  • Thai: นกกะรางอกสีน้ำตาลไหม้

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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White-necked laughingthrush

Range Map

Distribution map of White-necked laughingthrush, Garrulax strepitans in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pa Sang District, Lamphun
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Garrulax strepitans in Thailand