French: Rougequeue aurore German: Spiegelrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo dáurico
Selenga River, south Russia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. auroreus
(Pallas, 1776) – SC Siberia (from W of L Baikal) and N & NE Mongolia E to Amurland and Ussuriland, S to N & C Korea and NE China (S to Hebei and N Shandong), small population recently established in C Japan (Nagano Prefecture#R); non-breeding C & S Korea, Japan (S from C Honshu), Taiwan, SE China (S from SE Henan and Anhui), Hainan and N Vietnam.
P. a. leucopterus
Blyth, 1843 – C & E China (E Qinghai, NW Gansu and Shaanxi, S to SE Xizang and N Yunnan); non-breeding E Himalayas E to N Thailand and N Indochina.
14–15 cm; 11–20 g. Male nominate race has grey crown to nape, palest in superciliary area, bordering black face and throat, black mantle, back and scapulars,... read more
Song a variable series of short, sweet, mostly descending phrases typically starting with 1–2... read more
Sparse subalpine woods and forest, riverside thickets, secondary jungle, scrub, clearings, tea... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, berries, seeds; in one study in China, five birds had eaten 68% insects (including grasshoppers, ants, flies, bugs and weevils)... read more
Apr–Jun in S Siberia, and May–Aug in Mongolia and Tibet. Nest a cup made of straw, bark, moss and rootlets, lined with fine... read more
Migratory. Populations in SE Russia and NE China move down E Asian coast to S China, but some also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of breeding range; rare on N edges, but abundant in SW Transbaikalia. In Korean Peninsula common breeding, passage and... read more
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