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Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

Trochalopteron erythrocephalum


Slender, medium-sized bird. Quite colourful. Cheek patch and neck area appears speckled/scaly pattern.Crown is rufous. Mustard yellow, rust and ashy-coloured feathers on body. Pointed beak.


We were having lunch in the Dining room at the camp and just outside was a stony platform from where you could access two cottages of the camp. A small kitchen garden patch was nearby and there were small flowering plants on the edges of the platform and beneath the staircase to the cottages. Suddenly a pair of this bird flies in and starts foraging under the plants and climbing the stairs to the cottages (unoccupied)...all three of us just abandoned our meals...grabbed our cameras (I had my aim-and- shoot; the others had cannon-sized cameras) and rushed out ...I took my first shots through the not so clean glass windows...rushing out was NOT a good idea. Still, I do have a few shots to share.


The second time this species is appearing on PN so, I am happy. Next time, no rushing out! The real happy news is that population trend is showing an increase and it has a LC listing. Least Concern..

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SukanyaDatta a year ago

@Tukup: to be honest we did have bad weather and the clean window glass would not have stayed very clean for long...I am being charitable in hindsight (especially since I have an ID-able shot) ....I hate dirty window glass even on trains and aeroplanes!!!! :

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thanks Ava, glad that you enjoyed the spotting. We could not believe our eyes. I had never seen this bird before.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

great story and lovely birds!

Tukup a year ago

Don't you just hate that when people don't keep the glass clean :-) Cool birds. Glad you got a chance to get some pics anyway. Thanks for sharing.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thanks, Neil. Another lifer. :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Beautiful spotting, Sukanya. Thanks for sharing.

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West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 10, 2019
Submitted on Mar 14, 2019

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