Plain laughingthrush

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Plain laughingthrush
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Pterorhinus
P. davidi
Binomial name
Pterorhinus davidi
  • Ianthocincla davidi
  • Garrulax davidi

The plain laughingthrush or Père David's laughingthrush (Pterorhinus davidi) is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It is endemic to central and northeastern China. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.


The plain laughingthrush was described by the English zoologist Robert Swinhoe in 1868 from a specimen collected in Beijing, China. He coined the binomial name Pterorhinus davidi.[2] The specific epithet honours the French missionary Armand David (1826-1900) who worked in China between 1858 and 1874.[2][3] This species was normally placed in the genus Garrulax but following the publication of a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study in 2018, the genus Pterorhinus was resurrected and plain laughingthrush was returned to its original genus.[4][5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Garrulax davidi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Swinhoe, Robert (1868). "Ornithological notes from Amoy". Ibis. 2nd Series. 4: 52–65 [60–62]. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1868.tb06100.x.
  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. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Laughingthrushes and allies". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 18 January 2019.

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