Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Tibetan Babax (Garrulax koslowi)


French: Babaxe de Koslov German: Koslowhäherling Spanish: Babax de Koslov

Kaznakowia koslowi


, 1905,

Bar Chu and Dzer Chu, tributaries of the Mekong near Chamdo, northern sector of south-east Xizang, China


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. k. koslowi (Bianchi, 1905) – SC China (SE Qinghai, E Xizang).
  • G. k. yuquensis (Li Dehao & Wang Zuxiang, 1979) – southern sector of SE Xizang.
  • Descriptive notes

    27·5–30 cm; 100–125 g. Dull rufous-streaked babax, in size between G. lanceolatus and G. waddelli, with greyish throat. Nominate race has... read more


    Call (perhaps in alarm) a dry scolding rattle.


    Juniper forest and scrub, including bush cinquefoil (Potentilla arbuscula) and hispid... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet. Has been observed in pairs or small parties, feeding on ground and among low vegetation. Typically rather wary.... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Tibet EBA. Very little-known species, occurring in an inaccessible... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Tibetan Babax (Garrulax koslowi). 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 February 2020).