A bird in captivity. The photo shows very well the distinctive 'tear drop' black facial markings, black tuft at the base of the bill, and dark body colouration that make this form distinct. This species is heavily trapped for the bird trade and has become extremely difficult to see in the wild [for more information see Shepherd (2007) BirdingAsia 8: 49-52]. - NB
Taxonomic Notes :
Monotypic species endemic to the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia. Formerly considered a subspecies of White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus. Split as a separate species following Collar, N. J. (2006) A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22: 85-112.