Sumatran laughingthrush

Garrulax bicolor

NZ Sumatran Laughingthrush 3
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae

You can find our pair of Sumatran laughingthrush over in the Oriental Garden, just opposite our bevy of short-clawed otters.

Originally distributed along the length of Sumatra, Indonesia. However, recent evidence suggests they have become fragmented after undergoing considerable decline.

Mainly insects, including beetles and spiders.

Interesting facts!

  • They are considered to be cooperative breeders, meaning chicks receive care from additional group members as well as their parents.
  • These birds are fairly social and can often be found living in flocks. They are also rather vocal!


Despite being protected in Indonesia, illegal trade in the species continues, as well as continued habitat loss.

Our pair of Sumatran laughingthrushes are involved in the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species, and we hope to successfully breed them in the future.