Wynaad Laughingthrush

The Wynaad Laughingthrush is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. It is endemic to the Western Ghats of India.

The Wynaad Laughingthrush is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Wynaad Laughingthrush (Garrulax delesserti) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. It is endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Description - This species has dark brownish-grey upperparts, a black mask but has a white throat. The brest is grey while the belly and underside are rufous. It has a slight resemblance to Garrulax gularis of northeastern India which used to be lumped together in some taxonomic treatments. More

Wynaad Laughingthrush and White-bellied Shortwing (two of the harder endemics), while the middle levels are better for White-bellied Blue-Flycatcher and Indian Scimitar-Babbler. Overhead, the loud swoosh of wings at any time may signal Great or Malabar Pied hornbills. Leaving the mountains behind, we'll descend to a vast, flooded area known as "the Backwaters," where among the paddy fields and fishing boats we'll see hundreds of resident and migrant waterbirds. More

Wynaad Laughingthrush Garrulax delesserti - we were lucky to catch up with this elusive species quite easily at Top Slip where we encountered a group near the road in the Karian Shola. Rufous-breasted (Nilgiri) Laughingthrush Garrulax cachinnans - I love laughingthrushes and this is a particularly nice one, not too hard to find at Cairnhill Forest where it seems to prefer the original forest (as opposed to the big areas where eucalypts have taken over). More

All my previous attempts to photograph the Wynaad Laughingthrush had failed. They are always inside the dense cover of the forest, which is very dark even during the day. It is just not possible to photograph them from inside the dense shola as these birds are so paranoid when disturbed, that they will not sit still for even a second! As I concentrated on their hopping sound, hoping they would break cover for a drink in the stream, I noticed a bird creep to the bank. More

both the Bulbul and Wynaad Laughingthrush, plus Scaly Thrush for me. Streak-throated Woodpecker was located near Thattekkad on the way back. The following morning More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Timaliidae
Genus : Garrulax
Species : delesserti
Authority : (Jerdon, 1839)