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Photo by Mark Harper
Wolong Panda Reserve, Sichuan, China, June 2006

Alternative names: Père David's Orange-throat; Fire-throated Robin

Calliope pectardens


14cm. A distinctive bird with a longish thin bill.


  • Dark slaty blue above
  • Glowing orange throat and breast bordered by black stripe from bill-base to upper flanks
  • Small white patch at side of neck
  • Black tail with white in base
Non-breeding male
Photo by Kshounish Sankar Ray
North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India, March 2012


  • Plain dark olive-brown face with a thin weak paler eye-ring
  • Dark warm brown upperparts
  • More russet on rump and tail
  • Generally buffy below

Similar species

Females are very similar to Indian Blue Robin and Siberian Blue Robin. Note bill length, leg colour, more russet rump and tail and more unifromly buffy tinge below.


Breeds in southern China (mountains of southeast Tibet east to southwest Gansu, western Sichuan and northern Yunnan).
Winters in northeast India, one record from Burma. Recorded as a vagrant in Bangladesh.
Rare. Recent records only from Wolong Panda Reserve but much of range remote and rarely visited by birders.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Luscinia.


Breeds in dense thickets, montane forest and scrub including bamboo at 2800 - 3700m.
Winters in thick streamside undergrowth.


No information about breeding.


Feeds on insects, forages on the ground.


Recording by china guy, Sichuan, June 2011


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  4. Avibase

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