Red-flanked Bluetail

Tarsiger cyanurus




Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White with brown on larger end

Number of Eggs:

4 - 7

Incubation Days:

12 - 15

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On ground., In stump

Nest Material:

Dead grass, roots and moss., Lined with soft grass, pine needles, hair and wool.





Red-flanked Bluetail: Small thrush with blue upperparts, head, and tail. Belly and throat are white, flanks are orange-brown, and breast has gray wash. Female and juvenile have olive-brown upperparts, heads, and napes, orange-brown flanks, gray wash on bellies, blue tails and rumps, and white throats and eye-rings.

Range and Habitat

Red-flanked Bluetail: Breeds in mixed coniferous forests in Asia, Europe, from Finland across Siberia to Kamchatka and Japan. Winters in Asia, in the Indian Subcontinent, the Himalayas, Taiwan, and Indochina. Breeding range expanding through Finland; rare but increasing vagrant to Europe, mainly to Great Britain. Been a few records in westernmost North America, mostly in western Alaska.

Breeding and Nesting

Red-flanked Bluetail: Five to seven white eggs with brown concentrated at the larger ends are laid in a nest made of grass, roots and moss, lined with soft grass, pine needles, hair, and wool, and built in a stump, log, or on the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 15 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Red-flanked Bluetail: Eats insects and berries; forages on the ground and in trees.

Readily Eats

Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal


Red-flanked Bluetail: Song is a clear whistle or short monotonous warble. Call is a "hueet" or a hoarse "keck-keck."

Similar Species

Red-flanked Bluetail: Rare vagrant. Unlikely to be confused with native species and other similar species are also rare vagrants.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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