Red-Winged Laughingthrush

This gallery contains 2 photos. Noisy (but not unbearably loud) and restless during our first two meetings, the typically elusive Red-Winged Laughingthrush was uncharacteristically front-and-center during our third encounter — even quietly posing for my lens for a few minutes with choice positions worthy of a human model on the runway.

Red-Winged Laughingthrushmy camera needed to max out the ISO to illuminate this subject properly.
f/5.6, 1/500, 70-300mm lens, 250mm, ISO 12800

This Asian native makes up for its rather understated and drab plumage colours with a splash of bright red wing feathers for which it is named, and a birdsong decibel-worthy of Swiss yodelers.

Red-Winged Laughingthrusheven that silver-blue legband is looking quite fashionable as a foot bracelet.
f/5.6, 1/500, 70-300mm lens, 300mm, ISO 3200


36 thoughts on “Red-Winged Laughingthrush

    • oh heavens, no! (I would be the envy of birders here if this was in the wild! 🙂 ) this beauty was actually photographed at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, where over 200 birds of various species fly freely in a very large, enclosed tropical biome that also houses 500 species of fauna.


    • oh, it was probably a cold and rainy day, but tropical birds like these are housed at the Bloedel Conservatory, which is an enclosed biome for hundreds of free flying birds and tropical/desert plants. 🙂

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  1. Beautiful photos :-). I was in Vancouver for Thanksgiving and since it was raining on Saturday afternoon, I headed to Bloedel with my sister and husband. I took a couple photos of a Laughingthrush, but they came out quite blurry as it was on the move in the bushes. A pleasure to see one so clearly! Their splashes of rouge are quite lovely.

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