|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:
- Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus)
- Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)
- Himalayan Bluetail (Tarsiger rufilatus)
- White-browed Bush-Robin (Tarsiger indicus)
- Collared Bush-Robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae)
- 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.
- ^ a b Hoyo, J. del, et al., eds. (2005). Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 10. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. pp. 754–756. ISBN 84-87334-72-5.
- ^ Sangster, G., Alström, P., Forsmark, E., & Olsson, U. (2010). Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Old World chats and flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly at family, subfamily and genus level (Aves: Muscicapidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 380–392 Full text
- ^ 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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