French: Babaxe de Waddell German: Großhäherling Spanish: Babax gigante
Tsangpo Valley, Xizang (Tibet), China
Subspecies and Distribution
G. w. jomo
(Vaurie, 1955) – Gyangze region (N of E Nepal–W Bhutan), in S Xizang (China).
G. w. waddelli
(Dresser, 1905) – Lhasa region and Lhünzhub E to R Yi’ong Zangbo and S to Lhünze (on upper R Subansiri), in SE Xizang.
31–33·5 cm; 131–160 g. Nominate race has crown pale grey with narrow rufous-edged brown centres, continuing on postocular superciliary area, neck side and... read more
Pleasant song a rapid series of quavering whistling notes, similar to that of a Turdus... read more
Adapted to scrub habitats, in forest edge, bushy deciduous upper edges of coniferous and mixed... read more
Food and feeding
Buckthorn fruit, seeds and small insects. Forages singly, in pairs or in small parties of up to eight individuals; mean group size in... read more
Mar–Jul, sometimes later; but period short, and one brood per year assumed. Co-operative breeder in some cases, with nest attended by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Southern Tibet EBA. Has been described variously as locally common and... read more
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