Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Collared Bush-robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae)


French: Robin de Johnstone German: Taiwanblauschwanz Spanish: Ruiseñor de Formosa

Ianthia johnstoniæ


, 1906,

Mount Morrison, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Taiwan


May hybridize with race formosanus of T. indicus. Monotypic.


Mountains of Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm. Male is greyish-black above and to throat, with white super­cilium from lores back to rear of ear-coverts, metallic rusty-chestnut breastband extending around... read more


Song, by male, a series of short jolly whistled phrases, e.g. “wíwí s-wí... read more


Mixed evergreen broadleaf forest. Recorded in summer 2600–3900 m, mainly 2000–2800 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Ants, moths, small beetles and other insects, also spiders and worms. Of food brought to nestlings in one study, 98% was animal and 2%... read more


Late Mar to mid-Aug. Nest a cup made of moss, grass roots, dead leaves and bits of man-made fibre (such as nylon rope), placed low in thick... read more


Sedentary; some slight vertical movement in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Fairly common to abundant within small range. No evidence of decline in numbers.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Collared Bush-robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae). 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 10 December 2019).