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Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Dryonastes courtoisi
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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


  • 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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