Rainforest Birds – White-Crested Laughing Thrush

Name of the bird:

White laughing crested thrush

Latin name:

Garrulax leucolophus


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Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Timaliidae

Genre: Garrulax

Species: G. leucolophus

General information:

The White-crested Laughing Thrush is an Old World warbler with soft puffy plumage.
They show a brief chat, followed by a chorus of cackling laughter. They are the most social of the laughing thrushes. This is probably due to their weak flight ability and non-migratory status.

Physical Description:

The white laughing thrush averages 12 inches in length. They are reddish brown with a white crest and breast. The beaks are black and the black color continues past the eyes in a line. They have soft, loose and fluffy plumage with long tails. They have strong and sturdy feet and legs.


The White-crested Laughing Thrush feeds primarily on the ground, probing, digging and shaking its bills. They eat a variety of insects, as well as small invertebrates, fruits and seeds.


The White-crested Laughing Thrush is a resident of woodlands. It is common in Southeast Asia, from the northwest Himalayas to southwest China to Sumatra, India to Indonesia. It lives in dry broadleaf evergreen, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, as well as secondary growth and bamboo up to 5,300 meters.


They are suspected of building round cup-shaped nests made of moss and dead leaves. The white laughing thrush has been found to be involved in cooperative breeding, that is, more than parental support in the rearing of young. Adults feed insects mainly to their young. The young emerge after 14-16 days.

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