Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Red-throated Alethe (Chamaetylas poliophrys)


French: Cossyphe à gorge rousse German: Rotkehl-Braunschwanz Spanish: Alete gorjirrojo

Alethe poliophrys


, 1902,

Rwenzori, Uganda


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. poliophrys (Sharpe, 1902) – NE & E DRCongo (N to Rwenzori Mts), W Uganda (Rwenzori Mts, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Echuya Forest Reserve), W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • C. p. kaboboensis (Prigogine, 1957) – Mt Kabobo, in E DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 30–45 g. Nominate race has black crown encircled by broad grey line from forehead through supercilium to nape; mantle to rump rufous-chestnut, wings and tail... read more


    Song, given noisily and monotonously, consists of single downslurred whistle, “piiiyuu... read more


    Montane forest, high-altitude gallery forest and wooded ravines, at lower edge of bamboo zone, 1300... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including insects such as beetles, flies and army ants, spiders, earthworms and snails. Forages on ground in short rushes at... read more


    Sept–Oct in Rwanda; Mar in Uganda; Sept–Jul, probably all year, in DRCongo. Nest a cup of green moss lined with dry moss stems... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Common within restricted range.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Red-throated Alethe (Chamaetylas poliophrys). 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 18 September 2019).