Blue-crowned laughingthrush

Garrulax courtoisi

gems 7
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae

Head to Gems of the Jungle to spot our group of free flying blue-crowned Laughingthrush.

Blue-crowned Laughingthrush live close to human settlements exclusively in Jiangxi, China, roosting in trees and nesting in shrubs.

Their diet consists of eat invertebrates and seeds, but they mainly feed their chicks on insects. 

Interesting facts!

  • The chicks are cared for and fed by both parents, and in some cases chicks have even been seen being fed by other adults. The young chicks leave the nest (fledge) after about 16 days.
  • They communicate through a repertoire of squeals, buzzes, and calls, including one that distinctly sounds like human laughter.


The species is threatened by the exotic pet trade, although habitat destruction provides their main threat. Building developments have already destroyed blue-crowned laughingthrush nesting and roosting sites and the species has not received legal protection from land developments.

We have had success breeding this Critically Endangered bird at the zoo, adding to the worldwide population.