Large Grey Babbler

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat



Insects, Figs, Grains


Large Grey Babbler

Argya malcolmi

The Large Grey Babbler is found in dry open scrub countries in South Asia and also in Iran. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds

These birds are gregarious and very social. They sometimes form the core of a mixed-species foraging flock. They feeds mainly on insects, but also eats grains, nectar and berries. The groups maintain territories and will defend it against neighbours but will sometimes tolerate them. For their size, they are long lived and have been noted to live as long as 16.5 years in captivity.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    રાખોડી લલેડુ, સાત બેન , મોટું લેલાં
  • Hindi:
    गैगई, घुघोई
  • Marathi:
    सातभाई, बैरागी, गोसावी, कोयाळी (जुन्नर भाग), बामनीन (पुरंदर भाग)
  • Nepali:
    ठूलो बगाले भ्याकुर
  • Sanskrit:
    बृहद्‍ भस्म हहोलिका
  • Tamil:
    பெரிய வெள்ளை சிலம்பன்
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Argya malcolmi