Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Mount Victoria Babax (Garrulax woodi)


French: Babaxe de Wood German: Victoriahäherling Spanish: Babax indio

Babax woodi


, 1902,



Until recently considered conspecific with G. lanceolatus, with arguments for and against#R#R; split now accepted here based in part on new vocal analysis, present species differing in its bolder-patterned crown (2); black vs dark chestnut submoustachial stripe (1); fuller, darker-centred streaking on lower underparts (1); somewhat longer bill (allow 1) but slightly shorter tail (allow 1) (sample sizes small but pattern constant for both sexes); “different” voice (as reported by many observers), tentatively assessed here on small available sample as involving a greater number of notes per song phrase (2) and more complex note shape (1)#R. Monotypic.

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NE India (Lushai Hills in SE Mizoram) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).

Descriptive notes

22·5–26 cm. A heavily streaked babbler with black moustachial. Adult has forehead to nape rufescent with heavy broad blackish streaking, lores, supercilium and area around... read more


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


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

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds. Found in pairs or in family parties. Forages on ground or in low vegetation, occasionally ascending trees to 2–4 m;... read more


Apr–Jun. Nest a loose but well-defined open cup made from dead bamboo and other leaves, grass stems, weed stalks and bits of fern, lined... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in NE India; generally rather uncommon in W Myanmar. This species’ global population size has not been quantified, but... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Mount Victoria Babax (Garrulax woodi). 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).