The Sumatran Laughingthrush is known from montane forest (with unsubstantiated reports of a lowland population in Berbak Game Reserve, Jambi) in Sumatra, Indonesia. They live in flocks in the middle and lower storeys of forest sometimes coming to the ground. The principal threat to this species is the illegal trade for the cage bird industry at a national level (Eaton et al. 2015, Harris et al. 2015, Shepherd 2006, 2007, 2011). Numbers observed in markets increased and 20-30 were regularly seen between 2008-2013, but in 2016 only 5 birds were observed and prices had increased to two birds for ca US$100 (A. Owen in litt. 2016). As no quota has ever been set on the species, all trade in the species is illegal under Indonesian law. The vast majority of this trade is illegal and unregulated (Shepherd 2007, 2011). They may also have declined owing to deforestation within its range, though perhaps principally through increasing the percentage of the species range that is accessible for trapping.
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BirdLife International. 2016. Garrulax bicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22734448A95085919. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22734448A95085919.en. Downloaded on 24 January 2021.
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