|Tarsiger johnstoniae (Collared bush robin)|
Tarsiger is a genus of six species of birds in the family Muscicapidae. They are small, mostly brightly coloured insectivorous birds native to Asia and (one species) northeastern Europe; four of the six species are confined to the Sino-Himalayan mountain system. The genus has sometimes been included within the related genus Luscinia, but the species have been found to form a distinct monophyletic group.
The genus contains the following species:
- White-browed bush robin (Tarsiger indicus)
- Rufous-breasted bush robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus)
- Collared bush robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae)
- Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)
- Himalayan bluetail (Tarsiger rufilatus)
- Golden bush robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus)
Until recently, the Himalayan bluetail was treated as a subspecies of the red-flanked bluetail. It was split on the basis of its more intense plumage colours, and its ecology and behaviour, being a short-distance altitudinal migrant not a long distance migrant.
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- IOC World Bird List Family Muscicapidae
- Rasmussen, P. C., & Anderton, J. C. (2005). Birds of South Asia: the Ripley Guide. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-67-9.
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