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Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush Garrulax nuchalis
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This species is very poorly known, but it is likely to have a small global population. Trends in the population are unknown, but it is tolerant of secondary and scrub habitats, suggesting that it is not at imminent risk. Further studies are urgently needed, however, in order to clarify the situation. It is currently listed as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Distribution and population
Garrulax nuchalis occupies a restircted range in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland, north-east India and northern Myanmar. There have been few recent records and its current status is poorly known, although this is at least in part because much of its range is infrequently visited by ornithologists.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally uncommon to locally not uncommon (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
Data are lacking on trends, but presence in secondary and scrub habitats suggest that it may not be declining at present.

This species inhabits secondary growth, thickets, tall grasslands with scattered shrubs or dense bushes in stony scrub-covered ravines and hills, from the lowlands up to c.900 m.

Little is known of the status of this species. It may be threatened by habitat degradation through increased grazing and agricultural conversion, as well as firewood cutting.

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species

Conservation Actions Proposed
Surveys are required to establish its current distribution and population size, the extent of habitat and threats faced by this species. Protect areas of suitable habitat.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

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.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Garrulax nuchalis. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016.

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 Near Threatened
Family Timaliidae (Babblers and parrotbills)
Species name author Godwin-Austen, 1876
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 60,700 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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