Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Large Grey Babbler (Argya malcolmi)


French: Cratérope gris German: Malcolmelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide gris

Timalia Malcolmi


, 1832,

the Deccan [= Pune, Maharashtra], India




NE Pakistan (Punjab) E to N India (W Bihar), and S through peninsula to Gujarat in W and Tamil Nadu in E; also extreme SW Nepal.

Descriptive notes

27–28 cm; 63–92 g. Large, long-tailed, rather plain greyish Turdoides babbler with paler rump and outer tail, creamy grey below. Forecrown is pale grey... read more


Noisy. Calls are very nasal, buzzy, insistent bleats, “nyárrr-nyárrr-nyá... read more


Dry open country with sparse scrub, babul and Butea (dhak) jungle, scrubland, cultivation... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly insects; also grain, seeds and berries, and occasionally ripening millet in standing fields and sugary exudate from sorghum leaves.... read more


All months (mostly Mar–Oct) in India, with spring and autumn peaks in Delhi region, at least; multi-brooded. Co-operative breeding... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare and local in Pakistan; local and frequent in W parts of terai, in Nepal; common but local in India. In India, most frequent in the Deccan;... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Large Grey Babbler (Argya malcolmi). 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 23 May 2019).