Mount Victoria babax

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Mount Victoria babax
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Pterorhinus
P. woodi
Binomial name
Pterorhinus woodi
(Finn, 1902)

Babax woodi
Garrulax woodi

The Mount Victoria babax (Pterorhinus woodi) is a species of passerine bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It was formerly treated as conspecific with the Chinese babax (Pterorhinus lanceolatus)

It is found above 1,200 m (3,900 ft) in the Lushai Hills in the northeast Indian state of Mizoram and across the border into the Chin Hills in western Myanmar.


The Mount Victoria babax was described by the English ornithologist Frank Finn in 1902 from a specimen collected in Kanpetlet near Mount Victoria (Nat Ma Taung) in western Myanmar. He coined the binomial name Babax woodi.[2] The specific epithet woodi honours the co-author of the article, Lieutenant Henry Wood (1872-1940), who was a British Army surveyor in India.[3]

The Mount Victoria babax was considered as a subspecies of the Chinese babax until 2005 when the American ornithologists Pamela Rasmussen and John Anderton argued that the Mount Victoria babax should be treated as a separate species based on the differences in the plumage and song.[4] The authors of a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study published in 2018 estimated that the two taxa split around 1.8 million years ago. The same study found that the babaxes nested in one of three clades formed by the species in the genus Garrulax and suggested that the group should be placed together in the resurrected genus Pterorhinus.[5] This proposal was adopted by the International Ornithologists' Union.[6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Garrulax woodi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T103872810A113228805.en.
  2. ^ Wood, H.; Finn, F. (1902). "On a collection of birds from Upper Bermah". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 71 (part 2): 121–131 [125]. Authors state on page 121 that Finn provided the descriptions.
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. ^ Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Anderton, John C. (2012). Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Vol. 2: Attributes and Status (2nd ed.). Washington D.C. and Barcelona: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Lynx Edicions. p. 447. ISBN 978-84-96553-87-3.
  5. ^ Cibois, A.; Gelang, M.; Alström, P.; Pasquet, E.; Fjeldså, J.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Olsson, U. (2018). "Comprehensive phylogeny of the laughingthrushes and allies (Aves, Leiothrichidae) and a proposal for a revised taxonomy". Zoologica Scripta. 47 (4): 428–440. doi:10.1111/zsc.12296.
  6. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Laughingthrushes and allies". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  • Collar, N. J. & Robson C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.