Siberian Rubythroat
Erithacus caliope

The Birds of Asia
Vol.4 - Plate No. 38

Length: 16 cm

The Siberian Rubythroat breeds in the eastern part of the Eurasian continent and Japan, and migrates to Southeast Asia and other southern lands in the winter. The plumes of their throats are a beautiful shiny red, which is how they got their English name. The Japanese name 'nogoma' means 'robin living in the fields', and they are found in the fields and coppices of Hokkaido. They sing a complex song in an extremely beautiful voice. The throats of female birds are a lighter shade of red, and their chicks and fledglings have almost no red at all.