Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Golden Bush-robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus)


French: Robin doré German: Goldschwanz Spanish: Ruiseñor dorado

Tarsiger chrysæus


, 1845,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. whistleri Ticehurst, 1922 – NW Himalayas from N Pakistan to N India (Uttarakhand), where intergrades with nominate#R.
  • T. c. chrysaeus Hodgson, 1845 – C & E Himalayas from Uttarakhand E to C China (SE Xizang, E to SE Gansu and S Shaanxi, S to N & W Yunnan) and W & N Myanmar; non-breeding also N India (S Assam hills) and S to NW Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 12–15 g. Male nominate race is brownish-olive from crown to back, broad bright orange-yellow super­cilium, scapulars, rump to tail side and entire... read more


    Song, from hidden perch in dense low bushes (reportedly from prominent perch in Pakistan), a... read more


    Breeds in fairly diverse array of highland habitats, occupying open patches with bamboo and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, mainly insects. Forages on ground or in lower parts of shrubbery, often making short aerial sallies after flying prey.


    May–Jun in Pakistan. Nest a compact saucer of moss and grass, lined with hair, wool or feathers, placed in hole in bank or steep... read more


    Altitudinal migrant, probably with some short-distance winter dispersal. Winter visitor to NE India... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare and local resident in Pakistan; locally common in C & E Himalayas, common in Bhutan; uncommon in China.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Golden Bush-robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus). 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 January 2020).