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Chinese Rubythroat - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India, April 2011
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14–16 cm (5½-6¼ in)

  • Grey upperparts
  • Bold white supercilium
  • White sub-moustachial stripe
  • Ruby-red throat patch
  • Black breast
  • White belly

Similar Species

Siberian Rubythroat has brown upperparts. Himalayan Rubythroat lacks the white submoustachial stripe.


Asia: East Ladakh to northwest China (Gansu), southeast Tibet and extreme northern Myanmar. In winter also in the plains of norteastern India.


This is a monotypic species. It was formerly considered conspecific with Himalayan Rubythroat.
Formerly placed in genus Luscinia.


Tall grassy thickets above the tree-line.



Their main diet consists of insects such as spiders; molluscs and small reptiles. They also eat a lot of caterpillars in the summer.


Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China May 2011


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  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.1). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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