Scientific Name
Garrulax leucolophus

6 to 8 inches tall; weight is 120 grams. 

Southeast Asia

Mountain forests

Conservation Status

Where to see them
Exotic bird habitats

Fun Facts

  • White-crested laughing thrushes are the most sociable of the laughing thrush family
  • This is a very vocal species, and a group of white-crested laughing thrushes vocalizing simultaneously resembles laughing

 White-Crested Laughing Thrush

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White-crested laughing thrushes are very active birds. They are non-migratory and spend a lot of time communicating with each other and foraging in the forest canopy, as well as on the ground.  The birds live in extended family groups and are very inquisitive and nosy. Males and females are strongly bonded and share incubation and rearing duties. White-crested laughing thrushes are very protective of their nest sites and territories.

Diet includes fruit, insects and some seeds.

Life Cycle
Chicks fledge from the nest at 2 weeks of age but are looked after for several more weeks. Any older siblings will assist the breeding pair with rearing chicks. Young laughing thrushes become sexually mature within the year. White-crested laughing thrushes may have multiple clutches within a breeding season and can live to be 12 to 15 years old in the wild (longer in captivity).  

Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD)
Sumatran rhinoceros, palm civet, wreathed hornbill
Population Status & Threats
White-crested laughing thrushes are common in the wild. The primary threat to their populations is habitat loss.

Zoo Atlanta Conservation Efforts
Zoo Atlanta participates in the AZA White-Crested Laughing Thrush Population Management Program (PMP) by housing and breeding these birds.