French: Rougequeue à front bleu German: Blaustirn-Rotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo frentiazul
#R, Garhwal, Himalayas
NE Afghanistan and Himalayas E to C & S China (E Qinghai and NW Gansu, S to S & E Xizang, Sichuan, N Yunnan and Guizhou), probably including N Myanmar; non-breeding at lower levels in N India E to N Indochina.
15–16 cm; 12–19 g. The only redstart with inverted-T pattern on tail. Breeding male has blue head, back, wings and throat; rest of underparts, rump and relatively... read more
Song, sometimes in low display-flight, a series of phrases consisting of the same basic but subtly... read more
Breeds in subalpine dwarf juniper, rhododendron, birch scrub and open grassy areas in alpine zone... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, berries, seeds. Insects predominate May–Sept, but from Aug berries and seeds also taken; in winter exclusively vegetable... read more
Mid-May to Aug in Himalayas and May–Jul in China. Nest a cup of dry moss bedded on coarse grass, lined with hair, feathers or thin... read more
Altitudinal migrant and (probably partial) short-distance migrant, but vertical movements may be... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Presumably scarce breeder in Afghanistan (Nuristan). Common in Himalayas; fairly common in China. Presumed to breed in N Myanmar. In non-breeding... read more
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