The Conservation Breeding Program for Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor)
The Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor) is a passerine classified as VULNERABLE in the IUCN Red List. Endemic to Sumatra, this forest bird faced a rapid decline due to intensive trapping for the illegal cage-bird trade. To counteract the loss of this valuable species, ex-situ programmes started in Europe and America. In 2007, sponsors requested the help of CCBC to breed this species and increase the captive population size. From 2007 to 2010, 14 birds were acquired in bird markets in Java and, in 2011, the Sumatran Laughingthrushes in CCBC started to breed. In 2014, 40 individuals were present in CCBC. Since then, donations were made to a zoo in Java to create a satellite population and, in October 2015, some birds were sent to Europe to strengthen the European breeding programme. CCBC will continue to breed this species and has the project to cooperate with other institutions to build up a breeding centre for the Sumatran Laughingthrush in their original island of Sumatra.
“I am very new in working with CCBC but I enjoyed learning how to take care of these birds. The Sumatran Laughingthrush is very special for me, especially because of their colour and songs and I wish to learn more and more about this beautiful bird.” Wawan, Bird Keeper