The Siberian Rubythroat – 10,000 Birds

The Siberian Rubythroat passes by Shanghai on its autumn migration, primarily in October and November. Its Latin identify, Calliope calliope, is derived from Calliope, the chief of the Greek muses. Apparently, she was each the wisest and essentially the most assertive of the muses. She additionally will need to have had one thing of a imply streak – after defeating the daughters of the king of Thessaly in a singing contest, she punished them by turning them into magpies.

eBird appears to be a fan of the species, calling it a perky, long-legged songbird” with a “variable melodic track consist[ing] of gorgeous warbling and occasional mimicry”.

Nevertheless, eBird errs stating that “youthful male could have a touch of pink, whereas feminine lacks pink” – although most birders certainly suppose that is true, females typically have a reddish throat (like a carelessly utilized lipstick), as described within the somewhat detailed ebook “Ageing & Sexing of Migratory East Asian Passerines”, which surprisingly solely reaches #4,310,956 within the Amazon Rating of Finest Promoting Books, regardless of being a cut price at USD 107 (cash effectively spent, should you ask me).

A number of photographs of the feminine

Certainly, one other supply additionally states that neither measurement nor colour of the pink throat patch or the bordering sub-malar stripes are dependable discipline marks for sexing Siberian Rubythroats.

The Siberian Rubythroat appears to considerably lack a correct inbuilt GPS system – whereas it breeds as far west because the Ural Mountains and winters as far est as Central India, it doesn’t migrate by central Asia in massive numbers (regardless that this might be the shortest manner). Relatively, throughout autumn migration, it first flies to east Siberia, then turns south throughout jap China, and eventually turns west (supply: Birds of Two Worlds: The Ecology and Evolution of Migration).

It additionally appears that totally different populations of rubythroats use totally different and particular routes, a phenomenon that’s apparently referred to as “migratory connectivity” and that’s comparatively unusual amongst long-distance migrants. Birds breeding in mainland East Russia migrate by mainland China and spend the winter in South-East Asia, whereas birds ringed in Japan and easternmost Russia had been primarily discovered wintering in Taiwan and the Philippines (supply). There may be additionally one other examine additionally trying on the migration routes of Siberian Rubythroats primarily based on light-level-based geolocation.

Different enjoyable issues that researchers have achieved with Siberian Rubythroats embody investigating their response to mild of various wavelengths. They discovered that the seen mild sensitivity of Siberian Rubythroat was the very best for the 478 nm turquoise and decreased in direction of the 622 nm pink, although I’m not fairly positive if that is significantly related info.

Equally, I’m not fairly positive what to make of the knowledge that the wing size of rubythroats trapped in Hong Kong grew to become shorter between 1985 and 2020 (supply) – my guess is that both world warming or Donald Trump ought to be accountable.

The track of the Siberian Rubythroat is somewhat fascinating and infrequently sounds virtually jazzy to me (not often a praise coming from me, however on this context, it’s). A paper on this additionally describes the track of the species as extraordinarily advanced and variable. The paper offers much more element on its track: “This species sings predominantly discontinuously, however the period of particular person songs varies considerably. Every particular person track consists of quite a lot of track models, a stereotypical set of various notes and syllables which are all the time introduced collectively and in a strictly mounted order.”

The foraging conduct of the rubythroat is described as a “advanced exploration of dense vegetation thickets” (supply), significantly in comparison with a few of its closest family such because the Rufous-tailed Robin, the Siberian Blue Robin, and the Bluethroat.

Whereas birders usually are very completely happy to see Siberian Rubythroats, there is also the danger of them spreading illnesses. A examine discovered that Siberian Rubythroats breeding in Siberia and Russia and wintering in Southeast Asia carry each tick-borne encephalitis virus and a few borrelia species. So higher not let a rubythroat chunk you.  

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