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Laughingthrushes

Found from the western Himalayas eastwards to China and southwards to Java, the Laughingthrushes are just part of a group of birds, known as Song-Babblers, which belong to the larger and very diverse family of Babblers. Although they are mostly arboreal, they do hop around on the ground in a thrush-like manner. They utter noisy and sometimes harsh, laughing-type calls. Out of the breeding season, they are frequently gregarious mixing in noisy parties with other species foraging for insects, fruit and seeds throughout the tree canopy.

Laughingthrushes require a varied diet if they are to remain healthy and active in the aviary. Besides a high quality insectivorous mix such as Haith's Prosecto, plenty of livefood is essential with mealworms, maggots, locusts, crickets and grasshoppers being offered regularly. This should be supplemented with minced raw meat two or three times a week. Chopped fruit is also required along with the occasional worm or beetle.

Renowned for the difficulties encountered when they attempt breeding in the aviary, problems can often be put down to insufficient space and lack of cover along with inadequate livefood. They require copious supplies of invertebrates along with small amphibians and mammals particularly items like baby mice (pinkies) at this demanding time.

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Found from the western Himalayas eastwards to China and southwards to Java, the Laughingthrushes are just part of a group of birds, known as Song-Babblers, which belong to the larger and very diverse family of Babblers. Although they are mostly arboreal, they do hop around on the ground in a thrush-like manner. They utter noisy and sometimes harsh, laughing-type calls. Out of the breeding season, they are frequently gregarious mixing in noisy parties with other species foraging for insects, fruit and seeds throughout the tree canopy.

Laughingthrushes require a varied diet if they are to remain healthy and active in the aviary. Besides a high quality insectivorous mix such as Haith's Prosecto, plenty of livefood is essential with mealworms, maggots, locusts, crickets and grasshoppers being offered regularly. This should be supplemented with minced raw meat two or three times a week. Chopped fruit is also required along with the occasional worm or beetle.

Renowned for the difficulties encountered when they attempt breeding in the aviary, problems can often be put down to insufficient space and lack of cover along with inadequate livefood. They require copious supplies of invertebrates along with small amphibians and mammals particularly items like baby mice (pinkies) at this demanding time.