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Sumatran laughingthrush

Garrulax bicolor

Sumatran laughingthrush at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae

The Sumatran laughingthrush is a rare songbird that’s only found in highland, mountainous forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Like other laughingthrushes, they mainly eat insects.

Interesting facts!

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


Despite being protected in Indonesia, illegal trade of the species continues. They are also threatened by continued habitat loss.

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