Friday, 12 August 2016

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus)

OTHER NAMES: Spectacled Laughingthrush
Latin Etymology: Garrulax ("talkative/chattering") mitratus ("turbaned/bonnetted")
Adult Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (subspecies G. m. major) in Genting Highlands - July 2016

Featured Subspecies: Garrulax mitratus major
Weight: ?  /  Length: 23cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

This picture sums up pretty much the general problems I had with my camera trying to photograph species in the jungles of the Genting Highlands - a bright day with dappled light causing shutter speeds to be wildly inappropriate while a bird is only visible for a fraction of a second before it vanished entirely.  Here however, we at least have a bit to go on - a grey body with a strogn white wing-bar, a chestnut coloured cap (as the name suggests) and a yellow bill. A species of mountain forests, a very brief view was all I got.  Despite the name, the laughingthrushes are not particularly related to classical thrushes,

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Leiothrichidae
GENUS: Garrulax
SUBSPECIES: G. m. major, G. m. mitratus

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA -  Malay: Rimba Mata Putih ("Jungle White-eye")
A locally common resident of highland mountain forests.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single bird seen for a few seconds in Genting Highlands

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto  

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