Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-tailed Rubythroat (Luscinia pectoralis) - HBW 10, p. 750

French: Rossignol à gorge rubis German: Bergrubinkehlchen Spanish: Ruiseñor Pechinegro
Other common names: Rubythroat, Black-breasted Rubythroat, Himalayan Rubythroat

Taxonomy: Calliope pectoralis Gould, 1837, Western Himalayas.
Sometimes placed in genus Erithacus. Vocalizations very similar to those of L. calliope; race tschebaiewi appears intermediate between nominate race and that species, suggesting that a single species may be involved. Geographical variation somewhat clinal. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ballioni Severtsov, 1873 - Tien Shan S to S Tadjikistan (Pamir range) and NE Afghanistan; non-breeding S Asia.
  • pectoralis (Gould, 1837) - SE Afghanistan and NW Himalayas E to C Nepal.
  • confusa Hartert, 1910 - E Nepal and Sikkim.
  • tschebaiewi (Przevalski, 1876) - N Kashmir, S, E & NE Tibetan Plateau, C China (N & NW Sichuan, NW Yunnan) and N Myanmar; non-breeding NE India.