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Red-billed leiothrix

Leiothrix lutea

Otherwise known as the Pekin robin - it is not a robin at all, but a member of a family group known as Laughing thrushes.

Interesting fact: Keeping song birds was a status symbol of extreme wealth and existed as early as the second century A.D. Sadly, the demand causes hundreds of thousands of birds to be trapped and sold each year!


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Habitat & threats

They inhabit dense, lowland vegetation in tropical rainforests. Natural predators would include snakes and small carnivores. The most serious threat comes from the capture of male birds for the caged-bird trade.



Their diet consists mainly of fruit but they also eat insects and spiders, particularly during breeding season.


Breeding and social dynamics

These social birds can live in groups of up to 30 individuals, however, during the breeding season all the mating pairs separate from the flock and become highly territorial. The males sing long complex songs with a wide array of syllables to attempt to attract the female. An average of three blue spotted eggs are laid per clutch.