Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Robin (Larvivora sibilans)


French: Rossignol siffleur German: Schwirrnachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor silbador

Larvivora sibilans


, 1863,

Macao, south-eastern China




C & E Siberia from R Ob and upper R Yenisey E to S Russian Far East, N & C Sakhalin, C Kamchatka and NE China (N Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang), possibly also S Kuril Is and NE Korea; non-breeding S & SE China (SE Xizang and S Yunnan E to Guangdong), Hainan, Laos and N & C Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Plumage is warm mid-brown above, with rufous lower rump and tail, whitish below, with delicate grey-tinged mid-brown scaling on throat or throat side and... read more


Song, at height of breeding season given also at night, a series of identical phrases consisting of... read more


Damp broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen bottomland forest with dense undergrowth, fallen trees... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles, ants, spiders, etc. Forages mainly on ground.


Jun–Jul in Russia. Nest a cup of old leaves, moss, grass stems and pine needles, lined with fine stems and rootlets, placed generally... read more


Migrant. Autumn passage in Russia begins late Aug, but in Korean Peninsula and at Beidaihe (NE... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common over extensive range in Russia (Siberia to Far East), but somewhat patchy owing to habitat requirements. Not... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Rufous-tailed Robin (Larvivora sibilans). 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 29 January 2020).