Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Chinese Rubythroat (Calliope tschebaiewi)


French: Rossignol de Przewalski German: Tibetrubinkehlchen Spanish: Ruiseñor pechinegro chino

Calliope tschebaiewi


, 1876,



New study provides genetic, acoustic, morphological and geographical evidence indicating not conspecific with C. pectoralis#R; differs in its white submoustachial stripe (obvious in male, apparent in female) (3); and (in male) dark fleckings on belly and flanks (ns[1]); slightly more extensive red throat (effect size 1.54, score 1); notably narrower black breastband (effect size 3.09, score 2); song with shorter strophes (albeit some overlap; score 1), with fewer notes per strophe and more uniform note shapes (score 1); parapatric or sympatric (but not syntopic) range, with present species in alpine and subalpine bushes and C. pectoralis in lower-lying deciduous and mixed forest#R (habitat difference: 1). Monotypic.


Extreme E Kashmir, S, E & NE Tibetan Plateau, C China (NW Gansu, E Qinghai, Sichuan, NW Yunnan) and extreme N Myanmar; non-breeding in foothills of E Nepal to NE India, NE Bangladesh#R#R, N Myanmar and S Yunnan.

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm. Male has prominent white supercilium and white submoustachial stripe, broad area of deep red from chin to lower throat separated from submoustachial by narrow black... read more


Song, delivered from exposed perch, a loud series of variable warbling phrases on ascending and... read more


Breeds in areas of alpine and subalpine bushes and dwarf willows, usually with scattered boulders... read more

Food and feeding

Insects (especially caterpillars in summer), spiders, molluscs and small reptiles. Forages mainly on ground in cover.


Season May–Aug. Domed nest with large open side entrance, made from dry grass and lined with finer grass, concealed among rocks or roots or... read more


Migratory. Winters (at least Nov–Mar) from terai of E Nepal E to Assam and NE Bangladesh, and in N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common; locally common in E Himalayas. Scarce in Myanmar. This species has a large range within which its population,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Chinese Rubythroat (Calliope tschebaiewi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).