Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Bush-robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus)


French: Robin à ventre roux German: Rostbrust-Blauschwanz Spanish: Ruiseñor pechirrufo

Ianthia hyperythra


, 1847,

Darjeeling, India




C & E Himalayas (E from C Nepal W of Annapurna Range) and S China (SE Xizang, NW Yunnan); also N Myanmar, where status uncertain.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 11–16 g. Male is dark royal blue above, with blackish face (including malar), paler shining blue forehead and supercilium, shoulder and rump; fulvous-... read more


Song reportedly a simple lisping warble, “zeew zee zwee zwee” or “te rree treyre”. Calls include... read more


Breeds in heavy mixed conifer forest, mainly Abies densa mixed with tree rhododendron, and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages on ground.


Nestlings being fed in May in Nepal. No other information.


Altitudinal migrant in Himalayas; apparently a short-distance migrant in China.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce in E Himalayas; rare in China. Fairly common in N Myanmar in Feb; probably breeds, but this not confirmed.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Rufous-breasted Bush-robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus). 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 13 December 2019).