Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope)


French: Rossignol calliope German: Rubinkehlchen Spanish: Ruiseñor calíope

Motacilla Calliope


, 1776,

between the Yenisey and the Lena Rivers, Russia


Vocalizations very similar to those of C. pectoralis. Geographical variation weak and clinal; proposed E races camtschatkensis, anadyrensis and beicki considered unwarranted, although a recent DNA study recovered evidence of potentially three distinct phylo-groups according to some extent with subspecific divisions#R. Monotypic.


C Ural Mts and Siberia E to Anadyr, Kamchatka, Commander Is, S to N Mongolia, N Korea, N Japan and Kuril Is, also C China (NE Qinghai, SW Gansu, N Sichuan); winters in S & SE Asia, Taiwan and Philippines.

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 16–29 g. Male breeding is warm olive-brown from crown to tail, with bold white supercilium and submous­tachial stripe, black lores and malar line;... read more


Song, started before spring departure for breeding grounds, a low, rapid, musical warble comprising... read more


Breeds in lowland taiga and subalpine shrubbery, clearings in forest by meadows and rivers,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including flies and their larvae, ants, wasps and beetles; also plant material. In May, China, 88·5% of food consisted of... read more


In Russia May–Jul, possibly Aug, main laying period early Jun and main fledging period mid-Jul; fledglings Jun in Mongolia; May... read more


Migrant, moving through Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan to winter quarters mainly in SE Asia from... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common across extensive range in Russia, where densities variously measured include 15–26 (locally up to 40) pairs/km² in broadleaf woodland,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope). 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 9 December 2019).