Red-flanked Bluetail

Tarsiger cyanurus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Code 4

RFBL

Code 6

TARCYA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-flanked Bluetail has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Asia but having migrated to much of Europe, this bird prefers boreal, temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 20,000 to 41,000 individuals in Europe alone and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-flanked Bluetail is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-flanked Bluetail: Small thrush with blue upperparts, head, and tail. The belly and throat are white, flanks are orange-brown, and breast has gray wash. Very active bird. Hops on ground while bobbing tail up and down. Forages on ground and in trees for various insects and berries.


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.

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Red-flanked Bluetail SONGS AND CALLS

Red-flanked Bluetail E1

Song is a clear whistle or short monotonous warble.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"keck-keck", "hueet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-flanked Bluetail was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.
  • It, and related species, are often called chats.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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