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Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush


Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush

Blue-crowned Laughingthrush

We currently have four male blue-crowned laughing thrushes in our collection

Where can they be found in Edinburgh Zoo

They are on display in our Brilliant Birds exhibit

In the Wild

The blue-crowned laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi) is also known as the Courtois’s laughing bird, and is found exclusively in China. As its name suggests, it has a blue crown on the top of its head. Its face is black while its back is covered in olive feathers. The chest and neck are golden yellow.

The blue-crowned laughingthrush lives in a small number of fragmented sites. They live close to human settlements, roosting in trees and nesting in shrubs. They forage on the ground in flocks.

Habitat destruction is this species' biggest threat. Building developments have already destroyed blue-crowned laughingthrush nesting and roosting sites; according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the species has unfortunately not received legal protection from land developments such as resorts, which are being promoted in Wuyuan County, one of the few places the blue-crowned laughingthrush is found.

Breeding programme category:

They are part of the European Stud Book programme.

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Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Critically Endangered

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IUCN November 2013

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