Laughing Thrush
Rosamond Gifford Zoo  /  AP
"Zephyr," a white-crested laughing thrush sits on a branch in the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y.,on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The bird was born March 7, to the surprise of zookeepers who still aren't sure which of their three adult thrushes are the parents.
updated 3/27/2009 5:42:44 PM ET 2009-03-27T21:42:44

It's called a white-crested laughing thrush and it's bringing smiles to zookeepers in Syracuse.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo greeted a new bird March 7. The chick is named Zephyr.

The birth came as a surprise to zookeepers, who have had no success breeding white-crested laughing thrushes. Zoo officials say the chick is one of only three born in captivity in the U.S. over the last year.

The birds are commonplace in Southeast Asia, South China and East India and were once widely imported into the U.S., but avian influenza worries forced zoos to stop importation.

White-crested laughing thrushes are cooperative breeders, so the zoo's three adult birds are helping feed the newborn.

That's right: Zephyr has three parents. It's still a mystery just which ones are mom and dad.

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