Geographical Range Mountainous areas of northeastern India and southwestern China, south to Sumatra
Habitat Forest undergrowth in mountains
Scientific Name Garrulax leucolophus
Conservation Status Common

These attractive birds inhabit mountain forests, including stands of teak and bamboo. They move in close-knit flocks, clambering through low thickets or flicking aside leaf litter on the forest floor in search of insects and small fruit.

When moving about, white-crested laughing thrushes keep up a continuous chattering “conversation” with each other. From time to time, the entire flock breaks into loud, boisterous calls, which resemble laughter. At the same time, they prance about the forest floor, flapping their wings.