Tim Melling – Plain Laughingthrush

Tim writes: superficially this looks like a Blackbird, but when you look closely you see the beak and tail are too long. This is a Plain Laughingthrush (Garrulax davidi),  which is only found in the mountains of China (1600-3500m) and is not particularly common in the limited range where it does occur.  Moreover, like other laughingthrushes it prefers to keep to thick cover, so getting a relatively open photograph like this was no mean feat.  I photographed this one near Roueregai on the Tibetan Plateau at c3500m while our journey was delayed by snow.  It also goes by the name of Père David’s Laughingthrush  who is commemorated in the scientific name davidi.

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