Blue-crowned laughingthrush in exhibit

Blue-crowned Laughingthrush

Scientific Name

Dryonastes courtoisi

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

China's Jiangxi province

Habitat

Forests

Estimated Wild Population

300
Blue-crowned laughingthrush in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

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Physical Description

Blue-crowned laughingthrushes have a dark-blue head, a vibrant-yellow throat, and black coloration around their reddish-brown eyes. They live in small flocks and lay their eggs in cup-shaped nests in small breeding ranges across southeast China. Pairs or small groups of these thrushes hunt for fruit, berries, and insects.

Interesting Fact 1

Blue-crowned laughingthrushes were named partially for their distinctive cry, which resembles human laughter.

Interesting Fact 2

Their rapid population decline is likely due to habitat loss caused by human agriculture, industry, and trapping for the illegial pet and wildlife trade

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