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LAUGHINGTHRUSH and Allies

Order Passeriformes    Family Leiothrichidae

The laughingthrushes are a family of mostly Old World passerine birds. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. The entire family was previously included in the Timaliidae, the Old World babblers. Some birds in Leiothrichidaeare are called babbler's.

They are small to medium sized birds. They have strong legs, and many are quite terrestrial. They typically have generalised bills, similar to those of a thrush. Most have predominantly brown plumage, with minimal difference between the sexes, but many more brightly coloured species also exist. They are vocally noisy birds.

The Leiothrichidae are divided in this presention as follows
Babbler: babax, babbler, chatterer
Fulvetta : cutia, fulvetta
Laughingthrush: babax, hwamei, laughingthrush
Other : barwing, leiothrix, liocichla, mesia, minia, sibia


FULVETTA and allies

This section  contains the fulvettas and cutias.


Genus Alcippe
This genus was previously placed in family Pellorneidae, the Ground-babblers.

Fulvetta, Black-browed   Alcippe grotei  Found: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
The Black-browed Fulvetta has brown back, tail; gray face; slate gray crown bordered below with black line; faint white eye-ring.
Similar to: Mountain Fulvetta. Black-browed Fulvetta has blacker supercilium; Mountain Fulvetta has bolder eye-ring. Black-browedFfulvetta occurs primarily below 400 m, and Mountain Fulvetta above 900 m.
Image by: 1) James Eaton


Fulvetta, Brown   Alcippe brunneicauda  Found: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Image by: 1) JJ Harrison - Thailand  2) John C. Mittermeier - Malaysia


Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked   Alcippe poioicephala  Found: southeast Asia
The Brown-cheeked Fulvetta has brown upperparts; gray crown; mostly gray cheeks!; pale buff underparts.
Image by: 1) JJ Harrison - Thailand  2) Prajwalkm - India


Fulvetta, David's   Alcippe davidi  Found: south Asia
Image by: 1) Marcel Holyoak - China


Fulvetta, Gold-fronted   Alcippe variegaticeps  Found: China
The Gold-fronted Fulvetta has a gray back; golden fore-crown; chestnut mantle; black face patch.
Image by: 1) Fred and Jemi Holmes


Fulvetta, Gray-cheeked  Alcippe morrisonia  Found: Asia
The Gray-cheeked Fulvetta has mainly olive upperparts; gray head; bold white eye-ring; pale yellow underparts.
Similar to: Yunnan-cheeked Fulvetta. Gray-cheeked Fulvetta has bold eye-ring; Yunnan Fulvetta has faint eye-ring.
Image by: 1,  2,  3) Robert Tdc  4) Alnus


Fulvetta, Huet's   Alcippe hueti  Found: southeast China
Image by: 1) Craig


Fulvetta, Javan   Alcippe pyrrhoptera  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Lip Kee - Java


Fulvetta, Ludlow's   Alcippe ludlowi  Found: Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal
Image by: 1) Prasanna Parab


Fulvetta, Mountain   Alcippe peracensis  Found: southeast Asia, Malaysia
The Mountain Fulvetta has brown back, tail; gray face; slate gray crown bordered below with black line; white eye-ring.
Similar to: Black-browed Fulvetta. Black-browed Fulvetta has blacker supercilium; Mountain Fulvetta has bolder eye-ring. Black-browedFfulvetta occurs primarily below 400 m, and Mountain Fulvetta above 900 m.
Image by: 1) Johny Wee - Malaysia  2) Loupok - Malysia


Fulvetta, Nepal   Alcippe nipalensis  Found: southeast Asia
Image by: 1) Kannan AS  2) Prasanna Parab


Fulvetta, Yunnan   Alcippe fratercula  Found: southeast Asia
The Yunnan Fulvetta is also considered a subspecies of the Gray-cheeked Fulvetta has mainly olive upperparts; gray head; pale yellow underparts.
Similar to: Gray-cheeked Fulvetta. Gray-cheeked Fulvetta has bold eye-ring; Yunnan Fulvetta has faint eye-ring.
Image by: 1) Indy



Genus Cutia

Cutia, Himalayan  Cutia nipalensis  Found: Himalayan region, from India to northern Thailand
Image by: 1) John Gould 2) Graham Ekins - India


Cutia, Vietnamese  Cutia legalleni  Found: Laos, Vietnam
Image by: 1) Oleg Chernyshov - Vietnam





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