White-crested Laughing Thrush

(Garrulax leucolophus)

FUN FACT

White-crested Laughing Thrushes are noisy, social birds who occasionally burst into loud calls that sound just like laughter.

White-crested Laughing Thrushes are an incredibly social species native to the teak and bamboo-covered foothills of the Himalayan Moutains.

Distribution

Himalayan foothills to Indochina.

Habitat

Mountain forests.

Diet

Insects and fruit.

Breeding

White-crested Laughing Thrushes form close bonds during the breeding season, which is any time between March and August. They build a wide, shallow nest at least six feet off the ground, usually constructed of bamboo leaves. The three to five eggs incubate for a short 15 days, allowing White-crested Laughing Thrushes to generally produce at least two clutches of young each year. In order to be successful, the parents enlist help. White-crested Laughing Thrushes rely on older offspring -- those hatched earlier in the season -- to help feed and defend the youngest members of the family.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See the White-crested Laughing Thrush in our Tropical Forest exhibit.