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A photo of a Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope), male
Siberian Rubythroat, Male

Siberian Rubythroat

Calliope calliope

The Siberian rubythroat (Calliope calliope) is a small, elusive passerine bird, slightly larger than the European robin. It exhibits a plain brown plumage above, with a distinctive black tail featuring red side patches. The male is particularly striking with a vivid red throat, framed by a narrow black and then a broad white border, while the female's throat is more subdued.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Siberian rubythroat, look for the strong white supercilium and the unique throat coloration in males. The bird's overall size and tail pattern are also key distinguishing features.


This species favors mixed coniferous forests with dense undergrowth, where it can often be found nesting near the ground.


The Siberian rubythroat breeds across the vast expanse of Siberia and migrates to winter in regions such as Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe and the Aleutian Islands.


The Siberian rubythroat is migratory and insectivorous. It is known for its elusive nature, often remaining hidden among dense vegetation.

Song & Calls

The male's song is reminiscent of the garden warbler's melody but presents a harder tone, a delightful symphony in the quiet of its forest habitat.


Breeding occurs in the Siberian forests, with the bird constructing its nest close to the ground amidst the underbrush.

Similar Species

While similar to small European species known as chats, the Siberian rubythroat's unique throat coloration in males and tail pattern set it apart.

Diet and Feeding

As an insectivorous bird, the Siberian rubythroat feeds on a variety of insects, which it typically forages from the forest floor or low vegetation.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Siberian rubythroat as Least Concern, indicating that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population levels.

Siberian Rubythroat Sounds

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