Bird GuideOld World FlycatchersSiberian Rubythroat
Siberian Rubythroat
Calliope calliope

At a Glance

A rare but regular migrant on the islands of western Alaska, apparently more frequent in spring than in fall. Also has reached the Alaska mainland, and there is one winter record for Ontario. Usually stays close to the ground. Active and elusive, often hiding in dense cover.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Flitter, Hopping

Range & Identification


6" (15 cm). A small, thrush-like bird. Mostly plain brown to grayish brown, paler below, with white undertail coverts. White eyebrow and white malar stripe are more pronounced on the adult male, which also has a bright red throat and gray chest. Females and young birds show a more muted face pattern, and their throats are usually dull white.
About the size of a Sparrow
Brown, Gray, Red, White
Wing Shape
Tail Shape
Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Call Type
Chatter, Chirp/Chip, Whistle