Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Chinese Babax (Garrulax lanceolatus)


French: Babaxe lancéolé German: Bartstreifhäherling Spanish: Babax chino

Pterorhinus lanceolatus

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = Muping [Paohing], south-east Xizang, China


Until recently considered conspecific with G. woodi (see above), and these two previously separated in Babax. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. l. bonvaloti (Oustalet, 1892) – S China (WC Sichuan S to SE Xizang and NW Yunnan).
  • G. l. lanceolatus (J. P. Verreaux, 1871) – C & S China (S Gansu, S Shaanxi and W Hubei, S to C & N Yunnan, C & E Sichuan and N Guizhou) and NE & C Myanmar.
  • G. l. latouchei (Stresemann, 1929) – SE China (S Guizhou, N & C Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian).
  • Descriptive notes

    22·5–29·5 cm; 56–105 g. Relatively pale-plumaged babax with bold brown and grey streaks above, creamy white with long brown flank streaks below.... read more


    Race woodi sings with loud full clear whistled “pu-i” or “tchu-wi” phrases, “pu-i, pu-i,... read more


    Open broadleaf evergreen forest, forest edge, secondary growth, thin forest and more open hillsides... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and seeds. Found in pairs or family parties. Forages typically on ground or in low vegetation, occasionally ascending trees to 2... read more


    Mar–Aug. Nest reportedly a loose but well-defined open cup, made of fir, dead bamboo and other leaves, grass stems, weed stalks and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common in China, where recently recorded in Cenwanglaoshan Nature Reserve, in Guangxi; apparently rather local in Guangdong, where only... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Chinese Babax (Garrulax lanceolatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 November 2017).