Babblers (Timaliidae)

Chinese Babax (Babax lanceolatus) - HBW 12, p. 244

French: Babaxe lancéolé German: Streifenbabax Spanish: Babax Chino
Other common names: Common Babax, Streaked Hill-babbler

Taxonomy: Pterorhinus lanceolatus J. Verreaux, 1870, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = Muping [Paohing], south-east Xizang, China.
Geographically isolated race woodi recently suggested to be sufficiently distinctive to warrant species status, but characters appear to be doubtfully strong enough and vocal evidence requires further study; rigorous review required. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bonvaloti Oustalet, 1892 - S China (WC Sichuan S to SE Xizang and NW Yunnan).
  • lanceolatus ( J. Verreaux, 1870) - C & S China (S Gansu, S Shaanxi and W Hubei, S to C & N Yunnan, C & E Sichuan and N Guizhou) and NE & C Myanmar.
  • latouchei Stresemann, 1929 - SE China (S Guizhou, N & C Guangxi, Guangdong, C Fujian).
  • woodi Finn, 1902 - NE India (SE Mizoram) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).

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