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White Crested Laughing Thrush


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Garrulax courtoisi
Class: Bird
Length: 6 to 8 inches (15.2 to 20.3 centimeters)
Weight: 4.16 ounces (118 grams)
Incubation: 15 days
Conservation status: Least concern


Where can they be found?

White-crested laughing thrush can be found in mountainous areas. These mountainous areas are in northeastern India and southwestern China, and south to Sumatra.

Why are you laughing?

They are noisy, social birds who occasionally burst into loud calls that sound just like laughter. When they move about, they will keep up a continuous chattering “conversation” with one another. Sometimes they will break out into their calls which is when they sound like they are laughing. At the same time, they will prance about the forest floor, flapping their wings.

Searching for food

The laughing thrush will move in close-knit flocks as they clamber through low thickets or flicking aside leaf litter on the forest floor in search of insects and small fruits. As they search for food they will also make their boisterous calls that resemble laughing.


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