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Luscinia calliope

Luscinia calliope, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea
Familia: Muscicapidae
Genus: Luscinia
Species: Luscinia calliope
Subspecies: L. c. beicki - L. c. calliope - L. c. camtschatkensis


Luscinia calliope (Pallas, 1776)

Vernacular names
English: Siberian Rubythroat
한국어: 진홍가슴


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The Siberian Rubythroat, Luscinia calliope, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.

It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in mixed coniferous forest with undergrowth in Siberia. It nests near the ground. It winters in India and Indonesia. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe, having occurred on a very few occasions as far west as Britain.[2]

The Siberian Rubythroat is slightly larger than the European Robin. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium.


The male has a red throat edged with a narrow black and then a broad white border. It has a strong white supercilium. Females lack the brightly coloured throat and borders.

The male has a song like a harder version of the Garden Warbler.


1. ^ Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim, K. M. Bauer (1988). Handbuch der Vögel Mitteleuropas. ISBN 3-923527-00-4.
2. ^ "The British List". British Ornithologists' Union. http://www.bou.org.uk/recbrlst1.html. Retrieved 24 September 2010.


* BirdLife International (2004). Luscinia calliope. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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