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Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus

This species is evaluated as Least Concern. It was thought to have a very large range, however, recent mapping of its range shows that it is much smaller than previously thought. Its population is thought to be in decline owing to on-going habitat destruction and fragmentation. If this information is confirmed, and the extent of occurrence (EOO) of this species is <20,000 km2, it is inferred to be in continuing decline owing to habitat loss, and it is found at ≤10 locations or severely fragmented, it would warrant uplisting to Vulnerable.

Taxonomic note
Garrulax poecilorhynchus (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into G. poecilorhynchus and G. berthemyi following Collar (2006).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as scarce to fairly common (del Hoyo et al. 2007). It was found in 13 out of 311 plots in the Taiwan Breeding Bird Survey in 2012 (K.-C. Hung in litt. 2014).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Collar, N. J. 2006. A partial revision of the Asian Babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail: 85-112.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2015).

Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. 1990. Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. 1993. A supplement to 'Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World'. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

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Text account compilers
Ashpole, J, Butchart, S. & Ekstrom, J.

Hung, K.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Garrulax poecilorhynchus. Downloaded from on 28/11/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/11/2015.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Timaliidae (Babblers and parrotbills)
Species name author Gould, 1863
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 17,800 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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