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Blackthroat

Binomial name: Luscinia obscura, Michaelovich Berezovskii & Valentin Lvovich Bianchi, 1891

The blackthroat (Luscinia obscura), also known as the black-throated robin or black-throated blue robin, is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It breeds in north-central China but its wintering grounds are uncertain. It has been recorded as a vagrant in northwest Thailand. Its natural habitat is bamboo thickets within coniferous forest at altitudes of 3000–3, 400 metres. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The species was discovered in 1891, but for the next 120 years only a handful of individuals were seen.: even now no female has been conclusively identified. So little was known of it that it earned the title " Asia's most enigmatic robin".

In June 2011 a team of scientists discovered its breeding grounds in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi Province, north central China. Seven singing males were seen in Foping and a further seven in Changqing Nature Reserves- almost equal to the total number seen previously.

In 2014 a female and breeding pair were sighted.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Muscicapidae
Genus
Luscinia
Species
Luscinia obscura

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

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Blackthroat

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