Blue-crowned laughingthrush

Latin Name
Dryonastes courtoisi

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

The blue-crowned laughingthrush has a dark blue head, brown back, brownish-yellow chest and vibrant yellow throat.


 

Range

This species is limited to a handful of breeding sites in China's Jiangxi province.


Status

The blue-crowned laughingthrush is critically endangered. Its small breeding range continues to dwindle as habitat is converted for human agricultural and industrial use. The current wild population is believed to be as few as 200 birds.

Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages blue-crowned laughingthrush populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Forests


Niche

This songbird species feeds primarily on fruit and insects.


Life History

The blue-crowned laughingthrush is named partially for its distinctive cry, which resembles laughter. The bird lives in small flocks and lays its eggs in small, cup-shaped nests.




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