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Sumatran Laughingthrush Garrulax bicolor  
Sumatran Laughingthrush
Photographer : © Nick Brickle/Wildlife Conservation Society
Location :Alas Valley, Central Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Date : 26 March 2009
English synonyms:Sumatran Laughing-thrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Black-and-White Laughingthrush, Black-and-White Laughing-thrush, Sumatra White-crested Laughing Thrush
Bird Family :Garrulacinae - Laughingthrushes, Liocichlas & Hwameis
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :A bird in captivity. The photo shows very well the distinctive 'tear drop' black facial markings, black tuft at the base of the bill, and dark body colouration that make this form distinct. This species is heavily trapped for the bird trade and has become extremely difficult to see in the wild [for more information see Shepherd (2007) BirdingAsia 8: 49-52]. - NB
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia. Formerly considered a subspecies of White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus. Split as a separate species following Collar, N. J. (2006) A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22: 85-112.
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