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Black-throated Laughing Thrush

Garrulax chinensis
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Southeastern Asia
Subtropical or tropical forests.

Black throated laughing thrushes are very social birds with many calls for each other. They stay close to their mates and often preen each other.  Males and females have the same feather colours.

Nests are made with leaves and lined with soft material like feathers.  Incubation lasts 14 days.  Chicks are almost helpless (altricial), but grow quickly and can eat up to their body weight in food each day.  Fledging occurs after around 16 days.  A pair may have several broods each year.

They do not migrate and often stay close to where they were born. Bathing is done by hopping in and out of water repeatedly. Here at Bird Kingdom, they have been seen taking sunflower seeds and hitting them on rocks to break them open so they can eat the seed.