Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Firethroat (Calliope pectardens)


French: Rossignol de David German: Feuerkehlnachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor de David

Calliope pectardens


, 1877,

Paohing, eastern Xizang, China


C. obscura has sometimes been treated as a colour morph of present species, but molecular work confirms they are sister-species, while their songs are similar but distinguishable#R#R. Monotypic.


S China (SE Xizang E to extreme S Gansu, Sichuan and N Yunnan); non-breeding poorly known, probably NE India (records in West Bengal, Meghalaya, NE Arunachal Pradesh#R#R) and NE Bangladesh#R, with one record from N Thailand#R.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; male mean 15·1 g, female 13·9–15·1 g. Breeding male is dull slaty from crown to rump, with blackish-brown wings, brownish-black tail with... read more


Song a sustained outpouring consisting of excellent mimicry intermixed with dry trills, harsh buzzy... read more


Breeds in montane forest and dense thickets and scrub, including bamboo, in valley bottoms and on... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects on forest floor. No other information.


No information.


Migratory, but schedule and pattern of movements unknown; winters in NE India. Previously... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CMS Appendix II. Rare. Only recent records on breeding grounds are from Wolong Nature Reserve, in Sichuan;... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Firethroat (Calliope pectardens). 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 22 January 2020).