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Giant laughingthrush, (Ianthocincla maxima)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Ianthocincla
Gould, 1835
Type species
Cinclosoma ocellatum
Vigors, 1831

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Ianthocincla is a genus of passerine birds in the family Leiothrichidae.


The genus Ianthocincla was erected by English ornithologist and bird artist John Gould in 1835 with the spotted laughingthrush as the type species.[1][2] The name of the genus combines the Ancient Greek ionthos "young hair" or "down" with the Neo-Latin cinclus "thrush".[3] The species now placed in the genus were previously assigned to 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 Ianthocincla.[4][5]


The genus contains eight species:[5]

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Spotted laughingthrush Ianthocincla ocellata Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Giant laughingthrush Ianthocincla maxima central China and far northern India and Myanmar.
Barred laughingthrush Ianthocincla lunulata central China
White-speckled laughingthrush Ianthocincla bieti China
Snowy-cheeked laughingthrush Ianthocincla sukatschewi northern China
Moustached laughingthrush Ianthocincla cineracea China, India, and Myanmar
Rufous-chinned laughingthrush Ianthocincla rufogularis Sikkim in northeast India
Chestnut-eared laughingthrush Ianthocincla konkakinhensis Vietnam


  1. ^ Gould, John (1835). "Specimens were exhibited of numerous thrushes". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Part 3: 47–48.
  2. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Paynter, Raymond A. Jr, eds. (1964). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 10. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 348.
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.