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Aug 21, 2012

Another "critically endangered" bird

Photo by Xie Iiao-fang/BIAZA
MBlue-crowned LaughingthrushM
Garrulax courtoisi
The Blue-crowned Laughingthrush (a.k.a. Courtois's Laughingbird) is among the top 10 species in the world that are fighting extinction with the help of zoos.   Their population numbers between 200 and 250 mature birds in the wild in China.   Trapping for the bird trade is a major cause of the species' recent decline.   Only 100 are known to exist in public and private zoos and their status is listed as "critically endangered".
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