Babblers (Timaliidae)

White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) - HBW 12, p. 239

French: Garrulaxe à huppe blanche German: Weißhaubenhäherling Spanish: Charlatán Crestiblanco

Taxonomy: Corvus leucolophus Hardwicke, 1815, mountains above Hardwar, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Often treated as conspecific with G. bicolor. Races form two groups, differing in plumage pattern: W nominate and patkaicus, with olive-brown posterior upperparts and clear-cut breast-line, and E belangeri and diardi, with chestnut upperparts and more extensive, less well-demarcated white underparts. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leucolophus (Hardwicke, 1815) - S Himachal Pradesh and Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh except SE) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
  • patkaicus Reichenow, 1913 - SE Arunachal Pradesh and NE Indian hill states (S of S Brahmaputra), E Bangladesh, Myanmar (except SC, E & SE) and S China (W & SW Yunnan).
  • belangeri Lesson, 1831 - SC & S Myanmar (including Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • diardi (Lesson, 1831) - SE Myanmar, NW, NE & SE Thailand, Indochina and S China (S & SE Yunnan).