Babblers (Timaliidae)

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax pectoralis) - HBW 12, p. 240

French: Garrulaxe à plastron German: Brustbandhäherling Spanish: Charlatán Acollarado Grande
Other common names: Necklaced/Gorgeted/Black-gorgeted Laughingthrush

Taxonomy: Ianthocincla pectoralis Gould, 1836, Nepal.
Geographical variation mainly clinal. Proposed race melanotis (E Himalayas E to N Myanmar) considered part of cline, and merged with nominate. Form named as pingi (C Yunnan, in S China) represents presumed hybrid between nominate and robini. Individuals of this species observed in SW Guangxi (S China) have not been assigned to race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pectoralis (Gould, 1836) - C Nepal E to Bhutan, all NE Indian states, E Bangladesh, N, C & W Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • subfusus Kinnear, 1924 - SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
  • robini Delacour, 1927 - extreme E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).

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  • pectoralis (Gould, 1836) - C Nepal E to Bhutan, all NE Indian states, E Bangladesh, N, C & W Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • subfusus Kinnear, 1924 - SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
  • robini Delacour, 1927 - extreme E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).
  • picticollis Swinhoe, 1872 - EC, E & SE China (E Gansu and S Shaanxi E to E Hubei, S Jiangsu and NE Zhejiang, S to E Guizhou, NE Guangxi and Guangdong).
  • semitorquatus Ogilvie-Grant, 1900 - Hainan I.