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Chestnut-capped laughingthrush
(Pterorhinus mitratus)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Pterorhinus
Swinhoe, 1868
Type species
Pterorhinus davidi (plain laughingthrush)
Swinhoe, 1868

Pterorhinus is a genus of passerine birds in the laughingthrush family Leiothrichidae.


The genus was erected by the English zoologist Robert Swinhoe in 1868 with the plain laughingthrush (Pterorhinus davidi) as the type species.[1] The name of the genus combines the Ancient Greek pteron meaning "feather" with rhinos meaning "nostrils".[2]

These species were at one time placed in Garrulax but following the publication of a molecular phylogenetic study in 2018, Garrulax was split up and some of the species were moved to the resurrected genus Pterorhinus. At the same time, the four species previously placed in Babax were moved here.[3][4]


The genus contains 23 species:[4]


  1. ^ Swinhoe, Robert (1868). "Ornithological notes from Amoy". Ibis. 2nd Series. 4: 52–65 [60–62]. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1868.tb06100.x.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 322. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. ^ Cibois, A.; Gelang, M.; Alström, P.; Pasquet, E.; Fjeldså, J.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Olsson, U. (2018). "Comprehensive phylogeny of the laughingthrushes and allies (Aves, Leiothrichidae) and a proposal for a revised taxonomy". Zoologica Scripta. 47 (4): 428–440. doi:10.1111/zsc.12296. S2CID 51883434.
  4. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Laughingthrushes and allies". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  • Collar, N. J. & Robson, C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.