Lack of red in male plumage implies most distinctive of redstarts, although suggestions that it merits placement in a separate genus are not supported by available genetic data; more research needed. Species name is noun phrase and thus invariable in gender; often listed as caeruleocephala (as in HBW) but original spelling must stand#R. Monotypic.
Tien Shan from SE Kazakhstan and W China (W Xinjiang) S to NE & E Afghanistan and E through W & C Himalayas to C Nepal, possibly also Bhutan; non-breeding at lower altitudes S of the breeding range.
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Status and conservation
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