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Siberian Rubythroat - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Pasha
Novosibirsk, Russia, June 2005
Calliope calliope


14–16 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Red throat edged with a narrow black and then a broad white border
  • Grey breast and sides
  • White belly
  • Black tail with red sides
  • White supercilium
  • White cheek patch
Photo © by Neil
Lamma Island, Hong Kong, December 2015

Females lack the brightly coloured throat and borders


Siberia to Japan; wintering to south-east Asia, Philippines and Palau Island.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Luscinia.


Mixed coniferous forest and forest edges with undergrowth; also marshes, reeds, coastal scrub, paddyfields and suburbs.


Female 1st winter
Photo © by scottishdude
Panjin, North China, September 2010


They nest near the ground.


They forage on the ground; the diet consists mostly of insects such as flies, ants and beetles and their larva. They will also take berries and other plant matter.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  3. What Bird
  4. BF Member observations

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