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Rufous-tailed Robin - BirdForum Opus

Photo by anonymous_guy
Lamma Island, Hong Kong, March 2005
Larvivora sibilans


14 cm

  • Grey brown upperparts
  • Grey to white underparts
  • Heavily mottled breast
  • Bright rufous tail


Breeds southern Siberia to Sea of Okhotsk; winters to southern China to south-eastern Asia


This is a monotypic species[1]. Recent research suggests that this species belongs to a new genus, uniting the East Asian Erithacus and Luscinia Robins. It is therefore moved from the genus Luscinia to the genus Larvivora.


Coniferous and light woodlands, village gardens.



The diet includes insects.


The nest is built in a tree and the clutch consists of 3-6 eggs.


  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. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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