Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Giant Babax (Garrulax waddelli)


French: Babaxe de Waddell German: Großhäherling Spanish: Babax gigante

Babax waddelli


, 1905,

Tsangpo Valley, Xizang (Tibet), China


Proposed race lumsdeni, described from Le La, on SE Xizang border with Arunachal Pradesh (NE India), merged with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Giant Babax (Garrulax waddelli). 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 26 February 2020).