Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Collared Babbler (Gampsorhynchus torquatus)


French: Gampsorin à collier German: Halsband-Baumdrossling Spanish: Timalí acollarado

Gampsorhynchus torquatus

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

no locality = “the banks of the Younzaleen below the Pine forests in the Salween district”, Tenasserim, Myanmar


Formerly treated as conspecific with G. rufulus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. t. torquatus A. O. Hume, 1874 – SE & S Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), W & N Thailand, S China (S Yunnan), NW & S Laos and C & S Vietnam (C & S Annam, Cochinchina).
  • G. t. luciae Delacour, 1926 – SE Yunnan (China), NE & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).
  • G. t. saturatior Sharpe, 1888 – extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • Descriptive notes

    22·5–26 cm. Longish-tailed buff-brown babbler with white head and chest and rather sturdy hook-tipped bill; feathers of forehead and chin upright and bristly,... read more


    Song apparently undescribed. Calls include harsh hard stuttering rattle or cackle, “rrrrtchu-... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub and long grass at forest edge; associates... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data. Diet presumably invertebrates. Forages in lower and midstorey, mainly in bamboo. Gregarious and noisy, in parties. Evidence... read more


    Testes enlarged in early Mar. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common, though uncommon in China. Common in Thailand, including in Kaeng Krachan National Park. In Laos, present but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Collared Babbler (Gampsorhynchus torquatus). 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 19 April 2019).