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Photo by Zep
Lamm Island, Hong Kong, December 2006
Photo by viator
Shanghai, China, July 2005

Alternative names: Melodious Laughingthrush; Chinese Thrush; Spectacled Jay-Thrush

Garrulax canorus


21 - 24cm. A plain medium-sized laughingtrhush:

  • Upperparts are olive, greyish brown with a buff crown and nape which are streaked with dark brown
  • Flight feathers are dark brown
  • Tail is dark brown with olive bars and base.
  • Underparts are a yellowish brown with a grey belly
  • Bold white eyering and postocular stripe


China, northern Indochina and Hainan. Introduced to Hawaii (where it is widespread) and Singapore (where it is rare).
Common in most of its range.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • G. c. canorus in most of its range
  • G. c. owstoni endemic to Hainan

Formerly considered conspecific with Taiwan Hwamei as Hwamei.
According to the reorganisation of the genus Garrulax, this species is now also placed in the genus Leucodioptron and called Leucodioptron canorum then.


Shrublands, open woodland, thickets, scrub, bamboo, reeds, tall grass and gardens. Up to 1800m.


Feeds on insects, also on fruit, seeds and sometimes maize or other grain.
Forages on the ground singly, in pairs or small groups.
Breeding season from March to August. The nest is a large cup, made of leaves, grasses, stems, ferns, creepers, roots and tendrils. It's placed in grass, in a bush or a small tree from the ground up to 2m. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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