Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

White-hooded Babbler (Gampsorhynchus rufulus)


French: Gampsorin à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Baumdrossling Spanish: Timalí cabeciblanco

G[ampsorhynchus]. rufulus


, 1844,

Darjeeling = Rakhine, west Myanmar


Formerly treated as conspecific with G. torquatus. Monotypic.


SE Nepal E through S Bhutan to all NE Indian hill states, SE Bangladesh, N, W & C Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 37–49 g. Sleek, longish-tailed buff-brown babbler with white head and underparts and rather sturdy hook-tipped bill; feathers of forehead and chin... read more


Song presumably an infrequently heard, short, soft mellow series of low whistles, a slightly rising... read more


Bamboo and middle storey of broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub, bushes and long... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably invertebrates. Forages c. 2–7·5 m above ground, mainly in bamboo canopy. Usually not shy. Gregarious and noisy, invariably... read more


Apr–Aug. Nest a shallow, flimsy saucer, made of dead leaves, a few small twigs, roots, lichen and a little moss, untidily bound... read more


Resident. Apparently some type of displacement may occur, because described as a local migrant in... read more

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Scarce in E Nepal (two records). Uncommon in Bhutan, where known from two localities in C & E valleys. Fairly common in India, and present (at least... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). White-hooded Babbler (Gampsorhynchus rufulus). 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 18 April 2019).