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Sattal Birding: The Laughingthrush

More than 60 different species of laughing thrush exist in the world and most of them are found in the Indian Subcontinent, mainly in the foothills of Himalayas. In my recent visit to Sattal, a birding paradise, I got a chance to see five of those species from a close proximity. Some of them were seen in groups under the shrubs and dark undergrowth. I also witnessed that they are quite accustomed to human presence and many of them have their nesting sites in the backyards of a small village.

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White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis)

Mostly seen in groups of 5-6 or more. They look like angry birds. Keep flying from one tree to another and noisy like jungle babblers and it is easy to spot because of the same.

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Streaked Laughingthrush (Garrulax lineatus)

Smaller than other laughing thrushes, mentioned here and not very attractive.

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White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus)

Mostly seen in groups of 5-6 or more. With a distinct white crest, they look gorgeous. I have seen a pair busy collecting nesting materials. The pair selected a tree very near to a house and often come to feed from a small garbage dump used by the villagers.

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Striated Laughingthrush (Garrulax striatus)

Like white crested laughing thrush, this one also has a crest but the colour of the crest is as same as the body color. I have seen them in small group – mostly in pair. It is expected as mating season is on.

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Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis)

This one has many patterns. Distinct black spots on the belly, rufous color on chin and tail, black and white marking on wings. I have always seen them solitary – so most likely they don’t form groups like white throated laughing thrush.

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