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Siberian Rubythroat

From Opus

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


[edit] Identification

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
FemalePhoto © by NeilLamma Island, Hong Kong, December 2015
Photo © by Neil
Lamma Island, Hong Kong, December 2015

Females lack the brightly coloured throat and borders

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Luscinia.

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Breeding

They nest near the ground.

[edit] Diet

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.

[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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  3. What Bird
  4. BF Member observations

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