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 consistent for both sexes); “different” voice (as reported by multiple 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

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). 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 24 November 2017).