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Himalayan Rubythroat

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Subspecies ballioni, Himalayan Rubythroat Photo © by Askar IsabekovTien Shan, Kazakhstan, June 2014
Subspecies ballioni, Himalayan Rubythroat
Photo © by Askar Isabekov
Tien Shan, Kazakhstan, June 2014
Calliope pectoralis


[edit] Identification

14–16 cm (5Β½-6ΒΌ in)

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

[edit] Similar Species

Siberian Rubythroat has brown upperparts, Chinese Rubythroat has a white sub-moustachial stripe.

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh and Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, and Thailand

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Luscinia and considered conspecific with Chinese Rubythroat.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. p. pectoralis:
  • C. p. confusa:
  • C. p. ballioni:
  • Western China (western Xinjiang from Tien Shan to Kashgar)

[edit] Habitat

Tall grassy thickets above the tree-line.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.1). Available at
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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