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Blue-crowned laughing thrush

Garrulax courtoisi

Blue crowned laughing thrush

The blue-crowned laughing thrush is one of the rarest species which we care for at Belfast Zoo.

These stunning little birds are only found in two small areas of China and it is estimated that there are less than 200 birds left in the wild.

They are very sociable birds and form tightly knit family groups to rear their chicks. The blue-crowned laughing thrush is a noisy bird with a range of songs and chattering noises which have been compared to the sound of distant human laughter.


Diet - Omnivore
Blue-crowned laughing thrushes eat fruit, berries, insects, worms and nectar.

This thrush can be up to 23 centimetres in length and can weigh up to 130 grams.

These birds are found in forests in Southern China.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes that the blue-crowned laughing thrush is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

The main threats are habitat destruction and the prospect of being captured for the aviary trade.

Current population
It is estimated that there are fewer than 200 blue-crowned laughing thrushes left in the wild and numbers are continuing to decrease.

Zoo population
Blue-crowned laughing thrushes are managed under an ESB and there are currently around 200 birds living in zoos worldwide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

ESB - European Studbook

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